Blogging on a regular basis can be time consuming, and require a lot of work. The trick is not to think of it as work at all, however. Each time you write a post, you’re creating something. You’re adding value. You’re an artist.

Here are 20 tips for lessening the burnout. Some are good ways to find ideas. Some are ways to enrich your life.

All of them are ways to maintain your creativity:

  1. Listen to new music – Google + Spotify = No Excuses. Find something that looks appealing and listen.
  2. Personalize your workspace – There’s nothing more boring than looking at plain white walls. Hang a picture or two.
  3. Block out distractions – Don’t be afraid to close Facebook, shut your door and get to work.
  4. Stay active – You’d be amazed at how well a little physical activity clears your head.
  5. Take breaks – Don’t be afraid to step away from the computer. Go ahead, take out the garbage or unload the dishwasher. These little moments bring big ideas.
  6. Work in a new medium – If you’re a writer, take pictures. If you take pictures, paint. If you paint, write. You get the idea. Stretch your brain a bit. It’s good for you.
  7. Pay attention to the detail – It’s easy to get bogged down in the daily grind. Stop for a minute and appreciate the intricacies of a painting, or the beauty in a flower. Pay attention to what an author is trying to say. You’ll gain a greater appreciation, and potentially more ideas.
  8. Play – Block out some time for pure enjoyment. Play with your kids. Find a new hobby. Do something completely unrelated from your work, and learn how to have fun.
  9. Find recommendations – Try the books, music and movies your friends like. Google “Best” lists. This is a great way to expand your horizons.
  10. Write lists – Check things off as they’re completed. I used to scoff at list people. But there’s something freeing about seeing what you accomplish in writing.
  11. Create a plan – What are your big picture goals? What are the steps you’re taking to accomplish them? Big goals require small steps. Big projects become less intimidating once you examine the smaller steps.
  12. Find a new destination – Are there nearby cities you’ve never visited? It’s time for a day trip. If you’ve got a larger block of time, find a new state. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try international travel. It’s a good way to expand your horizons.
  13. Bring a notebook – Record observations and ideas. Record book passages or quotes that strike you as meaningful. You never know when you’ll use them later.
  14. Take lots of pictures – Most people are now carrying a camera with them wherever they go, via their smart phone. When you notice those smaller details, take a picture.
  15. Talk with those around you – Pay attention to the conversations that inspire you. What were the ideas shared?
  16. Question things – “Just because” is no longer an acceptable answer. Is there an easier way to do something? Refusing to accept the status quo is how innovation begins.
  17. Take a walk – It may simply be time to clear your head. There’s nothing like getting away for a few minutes to provide a spark.
  18. Eat a new food – This is a great way to stimulate the senses.
  19. Pick up an unrelated skill set – Try woodworking, or gardening or learning a new language. Try anything that will enrich your life in a different way. You can always learn later on how to revert it back to your professional life.
  20. Read a book a week for an entire year – It takes a commitment. I did it last year, and I learned more about a variety of topics.