6 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Batteries – Guest Post by Toni Pike…

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Do you feel as if you’re running on empty, distracted by the constant demands of social media or not finding the time you need to write your next novel? You might need to focus on recharging your writing batteries, and there are six easy ways to do just that. Try one or more of these techniques, and see if it makes a difference to your life.

  1. Unplug your screen

If you’re writing, blogging and using a computer at work, then you’re spending a great deal of time looking at a screen. Try taking a break and see what a difference it makes. Keep away for all your devices for just twenty-four hours, and then write down how you feel at the end of that day. Chances are that you’ll feel healthier and discover a fresh enjoyment in the world around you.

  1. Monotask

If you’re a blogger and writer, then you probably find that you’re constantly juggling a huge number of tasks. There is an easy way to change that and become more productive: all you need to do is try practising the skill of monotasking. Set the timer on your phone to twenty-five minutes, then focus on a single task. Sit down and work on your favourite writing project. For that short space of time, don’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything else. At the end of that period, you can take a short break.

You can use that technique throughout your working day. When you have only one task to do at any given time, you’ll find that you enter a state of focused concentration and productivity, and much more is achieved.

  1. Go back to nature

Nature has a beneficial effect on your mood and helps to improve your clarity of thought. Even if it’s just a walk around your own garden or a stroll around the local park, spend some time surrounded by nature every day. You can breathe some fresh air, and it’s a wonderful way to release your stress, soothe your soul and calm your mind.

  1. Exercise

We’ve all heard about the benefits of exercise, but many people still try hard to avoid it. If you’re one of them, then that might be just what you need to recharge your batteries. A short walk each day will improve your mood, increase your energy levels, strengthen your bones and muscles and put a spring in your step. Exercise is beneficial for many medical conditions and as you get older it helps to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and accidental falls. It improves your co-ordination and balance, helps you to sleep better and stops you feeling tired and out of shape.

  1. Incorporate your vacation habits

Most of us come back from vacations feeling refreshed and energised, but those feelings soon disappear as we return to the daily grind. What are your favourite vacation habits? Do you like visiting museums and art galleries, seeing new places, relaxing with a book or having a swim? Try to think of ways to incorporate some of those habits into your everyday life.

6. Balance your life

Try to focus on restoring balance to your life. Write down all your competing priorities and remember to include your own health and happiness on that list. Decide whether some of those items should be eliminated or modified, and work out ways to balance them so that you’re able to achieve the things that are truly important to you.

What do you think?

Toni Pike

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55 thoughts on “6 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Batteries – Guest Post by Toni Pike…

  1. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Excellent advice! Thanks, Chris! ;-). ❤
    Peace, love & time for creating to all,
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

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  2. Loving this Toni (and Chris!). Balancing life with nature and taking leisure moments (exercise, walks, change of scenery, etc) are excellent for reshaping a jaded mindset or blocked brain. I get my best ideas while walking my dog! I really like the idea of setting a timer and monotasking!

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  3. All are true, but going back to nature is No. 1. with me! Couldn’t agree more.
    No.7.: Listening to music in a silent, dark room sometimes, in case of bad weather normally. With headphones on.

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  4. Great reminders Toni. I think many of us feel overwhelmed much of the time. I make a list every day what I want to accomplish for the day and when it’s writing time, there’s no computer on (I write longhand). Monotasking is a great word. More gets done focusing on one thing at a time. 🙂

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  5. Oh, these are so many things that I do, but with some good twists I’ll have to incorporate. I’ve actually started doing all my outlining on pen and paper – well, at least the initial work I do (sketching out characters, brainstorming, etc.). I can do that anywhere, and I feel like I get much better ideas that way, even when I do find myself staring at passing birds or the clouds or ordering another drink if I am at a bar and working. Overall, it just seems like it recharges me and makes me happier to get back to that computer when it is finally time to write.

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  6. Fantastic post, Toni and Chris! I especially appreciate the suggestion to unplug our screens for 24 hours. Omg, dare I? I’ve convinced myself that walking 4 miles a day is enough. Not! Being glued to the computer the rest of the day isn’t healthy. Time to unplug for a bit. Thanks, Toni. Now that I have permission, it might be a little easier 🙂 ♥

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