One thing about being a blogger means you are working from home.
You don't get the companionship you do in the workplace.
If you are feeling unmotivated it is hard to get out of that slump.
Afterall it is so easy to just switch on Netflix, grab a cup of tea and procrastinate.
Personally, I find blogging hardest when my anxiety is at its worst. For me, my anxiety when it is bad switches me off from the world.
I sleep a lot anyway thanks to my ME and fibro, but chuck in some extra zzzs from my anxiety and I find that I hardly have any awake hours.
So how can you combat these issues? How can you get out and go when you are working from home.
Make Friends in a Similar Situation
I don't know how many times myself or Rebecca from Futures DMs each other on Facebook saying I need to write something but I'm struggling.
The housework could be calling, or I am Celeb has just started on TV.
Of course, we can't reach through the screen and make the other one type. However, we can offer encouraging words.
I've just this week started a Facebook messenger group for the members of UK Bloggers, which I hope will become a place people can turn to as well when they need a bit of a pick me up.
Have an Office
Making sure you have a space dedicated to work is a must, but can be hard.
For instance, I live in a one bed bunglow which means my office is my sofa or my bed. Not really dedicated right?
However, if you've had enough of popping down the local cafe.
I've recently found that you can hire out a flexible office.
This can offer you anything from purely an address to use, to a full private office. However, what is perhaps the most interesting is the idea of “hot desking” these offices to rent Liverpool, allows you to pop into a co-working area of your choice when you need.
As someone working freelance this can help keep your overheads down, while giving you an office away from home, where you can get your head down and work.
One thing I have learnt over my years of blogging is, to reach out.
If you're feeling alone and need someone to talk to, there is going to be someone else in your shoes.
Facebook groups dedicated to occupation are wonderful for meeting like-minded people. As can be Twitter.
Never feel afraid to write a post to a group of people, you never know who might just reach back.
Do you work from home, do you find motivation can be hard sometimes?