What to Learn from Burning Out

I’ve had one post under 100 words posted in the last two weeks.

I’ve hit the wall.

I know you’ve had the same issue.

Forgive yourself. Sometimes, things don’t get done. You lose motivation on a huge project or you fail to deliver a product. Unless you’re under a formal contract (you promised with a signature or work contract) then there’s no need to put more blame on yourself. Forgive yourself, find the energy to keep going or ditch the project if it isn’t benefiting you anymore.

For example, my awkward moments experiment went for 19 (and wrote about 17) days before I lost passion for it due to the stress of school, making friends from the previous days, and losing energy from the daily grind of experimenting.

So here’s something really awkward. I won’t finish it up because it wasn’t helping me anymore and it wasn’t benefiting as many people as I thought it would. If I need to restart it in the future, I will.

It’s like a movie. If the movie is so-so and you’re already halfway in, should you force yourself to finish it just for the sake of finishing? There’s no positive point to it.

If I forced my will to finish it to please anyone else, I would be pushing a ton of noise in the world.

I’ve grown through the awkwardness.

*The big project I wanted to add in with awkward moments will still occur, so do enjoy that when it happens.

What projects are you continuing to force? What if the best solution is to change projects?


Great post Matt and actually you calling time on your original plan and letting people know that it's okay to do that definitely helps more people than if you carry on when you're heart is not in it. Thanks for sharing this - I definitely needed to hear it!

Chris Barba
Chris Barba

Honestly, I hit burn out writing for my blog. It became a chore instead of something I looked forward to. And I'm being completely sincere when I say that our little chat in San Fran definitely hit the refresh button on my blogging life. I realized that the project I was working on, was one that I was trying to fit into the world, instead of one that derived from my own interests and passions. Now my writing has shifted into a much more experiential and story telling root and I love it. (Though I still have those days where I want nothing to do with it.) So I know just what you're talking about. I love your honesty with yourself and have no doubt that you'll find another flame.

Dena Botbyl
Dena Botbyl

I hear you, my friend! I have so been there. A LOT. Happy that you're writing it out, happy that you're going to push forward. You're not alone. <3