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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?