Remember as a kid how your parents would yell at you for being lazy and playing too many video games? Well now in 2021, people are making a living playing games and streaming. But is streaming just an excuse to be lazy?
Are Streamers Lazy?
Although it may be difficult to believe, streamers are actually very hard workers. Top tier streamers often spend hours every day creating content, working with sponsorships and live streaming to their viewers. Many top streamers work way more than 40 hours a week which is considered full-time.
However, many streamers are doing what they love and so these hours they put in are different than someone who puts in 40 hours a week at a job they hate. And it’s understandable why some people who see a person gaming all day may think they are just lazy, but this is not the case. Not even close.
If you follow any full-time streamer then you know how often they are making Youtube videos, filming commercials, working with sponsors and other brand deals, working with their agents, posting on social media, etc. etc. These people are really go getters.
No major streamer just fell into where they are at. At least none that I know of. They are all very dedicated and have worked hard to be where they are at. I have heard several big name streamers talk about how they put in 60+ hour work weeks. That is insane!
But like I said, when you are doing something you love then it doesn’t feel so soul crushing. And in my opinion, if someone earns $3,000 a month streaming or $3,000 a month doing hard labor, would you consider the streamer lazy?
I definitely would not. They just stream video games for a living as opposed to clocking in at a 9-5 Monday through Friday. What is lazy about that?
Sadly, past generations fail to see that you can make a living without staying at a job you hate. In the world today there are so many ways to make money such as Youtube, Live Streaming, online marketing and so much more. And better yet, you can often set your own schedule with most of these jobs. And they are fun. Work can be fun.
If you are a streamer, and are tired of people telling you that you are lazy, or if you are beginning to feel like you are becoming lazy, then consider some of the tips below.
Create a Streaming Schedule
Some people may feel streamers are lazy because they can just stream whenever they want. If you want to bring more consistency to your life, and prove to others that what you do is legit, then consider creating a schedule.
Creating a schedule has helped me in a lot of ways. For one, it allows my viewers to know when they can expect me to stream so they can stop by and say hi. But it has also helped me to create better streams. If you want to know how to make a schedule on Twitch, check out the video below.
When I didn’t stick to a streaming schedule it was much easier for me to get lazy and procrastinate streaming. When I created a schedule, and committed to that schedule, I felt more productive and felt like my streams were much better.
Creating a streaming schedule is just like having a schedule at work and so it may help some to feel like they are less lazy when they have a streaming schedule. Just a thought.
Taking Time for Yourself
If you are a streamer, and you are beginning to feel like you just game and stream all day, then consider taking time for yourself and putting the streams on pause. Go on a hike, go out to eat with friends or go on a vacation somewhere.
Doing these things are a great way to reset your mind and your body. Getting sunshine is great for your health both mentally and physically and I know how as a gamer/streamer that we get so locked into what we are doing that we forget to go outside.
And don’t feel like you are being lazy by not streaming. Streamers take breaks all the time to reset and refocus. Streaming and gaming can be draining and it is healthy to get away for a bit to get yourself right.
Also, getting out and doing something gives you more things to talk about on stream. If you are just being lazy all day every day, what cool things are you going to be able to share with your stream?
Do Something New
Another thing that will help you feel less lazy as a streamer/content creator is to do something new. Do something exciting. No, this does not mean sky diving or jumping off any cliff. Just something new.
Doing something new helps people feel alive and to feel like there is more to see and do than video games and stream. For me, this is traveling. I really like to travel and see new places. This gives energy to my soul and helps me to keep pushing.
It is always nice to get off the screens for a bit and explore somewhere new. It helps me to feel productive and not stuck on my chair all day being lazy. Check out the video below for more ways to stay motivated.
But doing something new could also apply to doing something new on your stream. This could be a new game, new alerts, new overlays, etc. Trying new things allows you to energize your creative mind and it is motivating trying new things. Doing the same thing again and again can get really boring. Feel free to mix it up.
Last, but definitely not least, is exercise. Unfortunately, many streamers who start to grow let their health decline. And it is understandable. As you grow as a streamer you have less time for things like exercising or going to the gym and are looking to eat quick (often unhealthy) meals.
Like I said, as a growing streamer you will also begin to make more money and so you start to eat out a lot and unless you are cautious about what you eat, all those unhealthy foods can really begin to take a toll on your health.
For this reason, I strongly recommend that you start now making a plan for your health. Make a plan for exercise and don’t let anything stop you from working out, not even your growing stream. You may also want to decide what foods you will be eating and always eat in moderation.
Don’t be that streamer that lets their health decline just because they begin to have some success. You will regret it in the long run. Like I always say, slow and steady wins the race so decide now to be healthy.
Working out often also makes you feel less lazy as a streamers so that is another major plus. Being active and working out keeps your energy levels up and that energy will inevitably carry over to you stream.
As always, if you have any questions or just want to hang with me, stop by my Twitch channel here and say what’s up!
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In the end, streamers are actually very hard working, but this hard work often goes unnoticed because of the type of work that they do. And if you are a streamer, and beginning to feel lazy, then consider using some of the tips above to snap out of it.