Weekly Journal

Healthy Habits To Break Up Your Writing Day

Kaila Krayewski

13th November 2018

Writing can take up your entire day, and although deadlines may be looming it is necessary to make time for breaks to ensure your health is not affected. It may be difficult to do this regularly which is why developing healthy habits is important, as it allows you to establish a routine that aids in productivity and creativity.

Are You Giving Yourself Space For The Creative Process?

The creative process is the beginnings of any new project. It focuses on the generation of ideas to solve a problem or fulfil a need. The creative process depends upon the individual.  Some people will start with brainstorming, others will start with research. Whatever processes you go through, you will need time and space to do it.

Set aside time to get your thoughts flowing and find a space where you are not distracted by emails or Facebook posts. Change your environment to encourage inspiration; it could be a day at the beach, and the office the next. You could go for a run, or or explore a new cafe. Ask questions and be open to new ideas, different perspectives will not only help you clarify the subject but will also lead to a deeper understanding, helping you to meet the project aim. The creative process need not be a lengthy process, but if it is missed, it can lead to writing that fails to stand out and capture the reader’s’ attention.

Do You Have Balance?

Finding a work-life balance is necessary for a higher quality of life. If you don’t balance the work with some rewards, you may find yourself burnt out and lacking in motivation. After all, physically and mentally draining activities will drain your energy, thus they are not sustainable. Everyone has needs to meet and although writing can fulfil one of these needs, it is still just one need. Exercising, relaxing, and socialising are needs, among others that require fulfilment.

It is also worth noting that regular breaks that do not boost positive emotions or help disengage you from your work thoughts, do not benefit your productivity. Breaks should not be a coping mechanism for when you are fatigued from work, but should be another aspect of life that provides a positive contribution to your self-esteem and outlook. Physical activity encourages blood flow and improves your immune system ensuring you are more alert and focused. Relaxing activities can come in the form of meditation, yoga or reading, which enable you to detach from your work thoughts and therefore give you time to replenish your mental resources. Socialising supports the need for connection and stimulates positive feelings of comfort.

Doing other activities will not only reinvigorate you when you return to work, it will create some necessary distance between yourself and your writing. This space will allow you to see your writing in a new light and help you to better identify what is working and what isn’t. Coming back to your writing with a happier frame of mine will ensure that you keep enjoying the writing process.

Finding Your Routine And What Works Best For You

Everyone is different and due to that, what works for one individual may not work for another. Some people work better in the morning, others work better in the evening. Some people work best with music, others prefer a quiet atmosphere. Understanding what makes you most productive is key to establishing a routine that will continually help you be the best you can be. If you have no idea what works best, start experimenting. Even though it can seem counterproductive to try an activity that may lead to the realisation that it doesn’t help, the act of trying something new will make you more resilient, resourceful, and give you deeper insight into who you are as a person and a writer.

There is nothing more satisfying than to finish your project, whether it’s that aspiring debut novel or that niggling blog post. Taking regular breaks throughout your working day will allow you to produce your best work and stay your best for your next masterpiece.

By the author of takingchances.co.uk

Takingchances came about from the realisation that life is what you make it. That a dream will only come true if you pursue it. That time is limited and each second passed is a second that cannot be re-captured. So to have a chance at finding fulfilment in life, the author of takingchances.co.uk quit her job in the UK and is travelling the world to gain insight from different perspectives and cultures. She came to Content Castle to learn how to write better and to pursue the possibility that writing will continue to let her take chances.

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