Combating Burnout & Visiting Family

Hello everyone. Today’s post and Thursdays video (if everything goes according to plan) is an attempt to keep from experiencing burnout. This is actually inspired by Invisible I’s video announcing her break from YouTube that she dropped several hours ago.

Unless you are on YouTube, you may not know how much work goes into a video with all the keyword research, scripting, making a thumbnail & title, filming, refilming, editing, SEO, inserting cards/endscreens, and promoting. That 10 minute video can be 8 hours of work. When you set a goal of 2 videos a week that can mean 16 hours of work on top of whatever else you have going on in your life. If you don’t have the energy you’re options are skip a video, or work through it and go down the path of burnout. I typically choose to skip, because burnout is a larger issue than a single missed video. However, a little known fact is that there is always a 3rd side of every coin, or a 3rd option in this case.

What if I made a video on something that gives me energy? What if I made a video of me playing a video game, skating, or doing something else I love and just do a voice over of why I love it, how it helps me, and how it relates to my autism? It would still be educational, but it would also be less of work on my part and more of sharing something I love…

So Thursday (if everything goes according to plan) I will drop a different type of video. One that will hopefully give me energy instead of take, and one that everyone can still enjoy, relate to, and be educated by. If people like it, then that means I have an option for weeks where I’m a little low on energy. If not, then lesson learned and I will go back to skipping videos.

As for skipping videos, you may have noticed I did not post a video yesterday. This was due to being drained from having family in from out of town. My sister and nephew dropped in for 3 days, and while I enjoyed my time with them, it also sucked the life out of me because it was much different from my normal routine, was a lot of social interaction, and I had little “me” time. So when the deadline was approaching I decided to forget recording because burnout is simply something I don’t need if I can avoid it.

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About me: My name is David and I have ASD1 (autism). I create weekly videos to talk about autism and share my experiences.

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