Why You Need To Take a Pause to Create Compelling Content
This might feel counterintuitive, but taking a true pause, whether short or long, is what you need to reinvigorate your content, find new ideas, and be able to reinvest in your work.
In my August newsletter, I talked about taking a pause. I defined circumstances that required a pause and some ways to make a pause happen. I’m not getting back into the how, but I do want to revisit the why.
Circumstances that Demand a Pause:
I actually think burnout often ends up being the product of not taking a pause during one of the circumstances on my shortlist
Why You Need a Pause
Our world is busy. If you’re a business owner or author, you’re creating a product/service or writing a book. And you’re posting to social media. And curating inspiring quotes for Instagram. And writing a weekly blog post + newsletter. And going live. And engaging with people. And going to networking events. And this is jsut work. This doesn’t include the list that comes from maintaining a home, taking care of yourself, and maybe taking care of a family.
And all these things are wearing you out. All these things are destroying your concentration, robbing your creativity, and impacting your relationships.
One solution: a pause.
Signs You Need a Pause
When life gets so crazy that I ugly cry in the shower, start eating way too much popcorn and bagged salad, and can't pick up a parenting, faith, or personal/professional development book to save my sanity, it's time for a pause. If I don't I'll end up burned out, and depending on mental health concerns, maybe needing to see a therapist.
-Danielle Holmes, the Table
Benefits of a Pause
Renewed passion for tasks you need to complete
Time and space to create a schedule and strategy
Enough space to reprioritize ( and maybe outsource)
Three Resources to Inspire Your Pause
I’d love to hear what you think of these resources and how you’re taking a pause and setting boundaries in the comments!