I’ve hit a wall. My writing has plateaued and I need new experiences to push past this barrier. In order for me to inspire others to chase their goals, I need to inspire myself and develop something that will bring back that motivation and that excitement to write every day.
Don’t get me wrong, I love writing and if I could, I would do it all day everyday but there comes a point where sitting in my bedroom pumping out content just doesn’t have that spark that is used to and it shows in my stories. I’m having to force out topics, which I’ve already covered because working at home means I’m always at home. I’m not creating those core experiences to draw on through writing.
But it’s okay. I have a solution. I’m going to Thailand!
Over the past year of working on my goals, 7 days a week, and completely disregarding any social aspect, I’ve learnt why it’s critical to actually take those breaks, have fun and let lose.
You hear it constantly hammered into your mind that you need to be working on your goals all the time if you ever want them to be achieved. What you’re not told is that taking a break is an important part of the process and without it, you’ll burn out and quit.
So considering that here’s why I’ve decided to take a trip to Thailand.
To Live What I’m Selling
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve co-founded a company that aims to connect travellers and travel bloggers. Except there’s one huge flaw in my plan to take over the travel industry…..
I’ve never travelled.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been overseas and had holidays to a handful of places but I’ve never been in a country with no plan and just winged it for a month or two. I’ve never stayed in hostels and met friends. I’ve never actually lived what I’m selling.
I thought it would be okay as my other 2 Co-Founders have travelled the world but turns out, it just doesn’t work. Since I’m the one writing all our content, I need to have experienced it.
It’s become very obvious that relying on other people’s experiences is never enough. What ever industry you’re in, you need to be on the ground at some stage. To most people it’s going to look like I’m just going on a 2 month holiday to Thailand, and for some of it it will be, but the fact of the matter is I’m there to work. I’m there to get experience and build connections with travellers.
You need to be in your industry for your business to work. Or at least have some experience and I’ve finally learnt that lesson.
The Need To Create New Experiences
Taking off my travel hat and putting on my writing hat, this is a point that I completely missed but have now learnt how important it is.
It turns out that sitting in your bedroom working, 7 days a week, doesn’t create new experiences to draw lessons from. Considering this, I’m slowly running out of ideas. Which is bad, really bad if I want to continue writing.
So, I need to create them.
For all those writers out there, you can’t just keep writing about the same thing over and over. Otherwise your writing will flatten out and you’ll start to lose interest.
Not only this, but since I’m developing all content for my new business, I need those travel experiences so I can develop recommendations and add a critical layer to our stories.
To develop ideas you need to bounce them off people. In relation to my new business, of course my friends and family will tell me it’s perfect. It’s what I want to hear and they don’t want to offend me. Even after I reassure them I need to know the truth. They’re still bias.
By actually being around travellers I’ll be able to get non-bias feedback on the platform and improve it based of their recommendations. All while raising awareness and hopefully developing a bit of traction.
Obviously there’s lees extreme ways, like developing a survey or forcing people to rate the platform every time they log on but actually being there with the people we’re targeting and getting direct feedback will always be more effective. Plus, where’s the fun in a survey?
Recharge Your Batteries
Take it from me. Someone who has just spent a full year working, non-stop. You will crash and you will hit a brick wall. Working constantly will eventually become counter productive. For me, it took a year to get there but it still came.
I’m at a point now where pushing through days of work without distraction is impossible. The pull to distract myself is huge. Since working from home, relaxation and work have morphed into one. I struggle to differentiate between when I should be working and when I should be on a break.
For example, last night while watching a movie, I couldn’t help myself but to do work as well, and during the day I couldn’t help but watch Youtube video’s for a couple of hours. I know what you’re going to say.
Why didn’t you just stop and focus on one thing?
In theory, that’s an awesome idea! But after a year of working long days, seven days a week, every week, I’ve hit a wall.
I spent a bit of time yesterday thinking why I’ve hit a wall (I was procrastinating) and it dawned on me. I have no release. I have nothing to look forward to relaxation wise and therefore my days turn into one big clump and I lose track of what I should be doing.
Those breaks are what help you keep your sanity. I’ve also preached that partying is a waste of time and I still firmly believe that but a night, every now and then, will do a lot more positive than it does negative.
Breaks shouldn’t be seen as an unproductive use of time. Like i’m learning, they’re the complete opposite, if used correctly.
In saying this, sitting around being a loser for weeks on end and then declaring you need a break from being a loser, is not productive. It just means you’ll continue getting no where but if you’ve been working hard, for a long period of time and you think you’ve hit a wall. It’s probably time to get away for a bit. Whether you’re at the point you need a holiday or you need a night to go crazy. It will be worth it. Even the greats take holidays and there’s a reason for that. They understand the importance of recharging.
To bring up the point I made about being a ‘loser’. A break isn’t to be taken advantage of. It’s not slipping back into partying every weekend or constantly taking days off. It’s planned and you need to have a better reason for doing it than to get pissed and make a fool of yourself. It needs to be for a release.
I can’t comment too much on the boundaries of a break because I’m only just letting it in after a year. To be honest, I’m scared that I’ll return to my old life of making no progress but I now know why i’m doing it and I’ve grown as a person.
Although I won’t actually be taking a holiday and will be working for majority of my trip, I’m really interested to find out what people’s views are on taking breaks and whether they think its important or not. Leave a comment with your opinion!