Why exactly am I frustrated?
I know blogs are uplifting, positive and they give the read (and blogger) something to look forward to but what happens if you become frustrated? How do you fix that? How do you overcome that?
I’ve ben dealing with this frustration for a while now. I couldn’t really pinpoint the source so I’ve been taking a break and trying to figure it all out. During the break, I haven’t posted any recipes, I haven’t posted any significant pieces to the blog either. What I have been doing is sorting out what’s wrong. After several conversations with myself and my partner, I think I have found the answers.
Basically, I have been so caught up in the mechanics of how things SHOULD be and I forgot to just write. It’s really that simple. I worried about the minutia of blog structure, posts, and where things should fall. I found myself becoming distracted with fixing this or fixing that. THEN throw in social media and all is lost.
I have allowed myself to lose focus and as a result, some inspiration. Even as I type this, I find myself falling into the same ol’ trap of distractions. I am checking the SEO, the amount of words I’m typing, and so on and so forth. It’s a vicious cycle!
I now realize in order to overcome the frustration, distractions, and to regain my inspiration, I have a few more things to accomplish.
How to stop being frustrated
First, ELIMINATE distractions. I am in my office working and my partner is sending me text messages. HUGE distraction. If you can, disable all notifications on your smart phone and your computer. Block everything until you are finished with your task. It’s that simple. And no, do NOT open another browser window to check Facebook. It will be there when you are finished.
Which brings me to social media. Stop checking social media every 15 minutes. Get your work done first. Once you’ve finished your work, reward yourself by spending a little time on social media. Now of course, this works if your job isn’t to be on social media each and every day. Just try to limit your exposure so you can focus more on the work you have in front of you.
Second, find that inspiration. I originally started this blog to document my culinary education journey. That didn’t turn out so well because I very quickly became overwhelmed with school, homework, exams, my full-time job, and well, life.
Once I completed school, I thought to myself that I was now going to have the time for blogging, test recipes, and getting my site off the ground. I found the inspiration I was getting came from learning. It came from school and the books I was reading. I was definitely learning at work, but it was different. I was learning more about cooking, but it was the techniques and memory muscle. Not that that is a bad thing. It’s a good thing that will stay with me for the rest of my life (knock on wood). All it takes to get back on track is to look at my recipes, read those books about the dishes I want to try, and just keep learning.
Where to go from here?
This is the third and final step. It’s pretty easy really.
Just do it. Take that leap. Once you do, you’ll feel better and it will get easier and easier to move forward. It takes time and you will definitely fall off the wagon, but the trick is to keep getting up on that wagon until you don’t fall off. Or at least don’t fall off so easily.
Hope that helps. It did me and I’m climbing back onto that wagon…