What do you do when all your commitments weigh on you, yet your body decides it’s time to shut down? That’s exactly what happened to me this week, and it has thrown my whole schedule out of whack.
It doesn’t matter what your profession is or isn’t, we all have daily obligations nagging at us like toddlers with endless questions. Unfortunately these tasks and chores don’t magically go away when we are less than at prime.
Don’t do them.
Our body is sending a clear message and, if we listen, we’re bound to recover more quicker. To ignore it will only prolong the suffering. Can you think of a time you’ve done this to yourself?
August McLaughlin recently wrote a wonderful post on this very topic. She has some fantastic tips on how to better balance our lives to avoid such issues in the future and I recommend you give it a read. Living Well to Write Well When Feeling @%$#-y.
Of course, sick kids bringing home bugs didn’t make her list. 🙁 I’m fairly certain that’s where I got mine, this time. I can say, with confidence, that on the average, I don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat properly, nor exercise sufficiently, all in the name of writing and my platform. Maybe more adjustments need to be made for healthier me. Are you adequately looking out for yourself?
I believe it was Jonathan Gunson who said those of us trying to build and maintain a platform should use 70% of our free time for writing and the reaming 30% for social media. That means on most days I have about an hour to cover everything from Facebook, Twitter, blogging (on my own site and visiting elsewhere), and anything else that falls into that category that I may be neglecting. In other words, we need to have a tight work ethic when we delve into those cyber playgrounds.
Set a timer. Don’t cut into your sleep or personal time. Your creativity will suffer for it.
I’d like to leave you with a few of the posts I’ve enjoyed this week during my few manageable hours….
Emma Baurcart has a beautiful piece about living in the unplanned time in-between. Are you always in a rush to get where you’re going? Or do you allow yourself to take it slow and enjoy the ride? Enjoy The In-Between.
Karen Rought at The Midnight Novelist talks about the pros and cons of audio books. This is something I’ve been very interested in as of late and I found this post both helpful and fascinating: The pros and cons of audiobooks.
Scott over at Kindredspirit23 had me laughing with his four best picks of video laughs. Call me crazy, I especially love the second one. Catch them here: Four of the Best! (?).
If you’re a fan of Calvin and Hobbs, then you don’t want to miss Julie Glover at Threading the Labyrinth, with her post: If Calvin Tweeted.
You can thank my internet connection for constantly disconnecting me last night. As a result I saw this little number by Diana Beebe at Mermaids don’t do windows. Ever wonder why writers are asked to only put in one space when we learned to double space at the end of a sentence in school? Muscle Memory is the Source of All Evil (Extra Spaces, Anyway).
Finally, I really resonated with what Jennette Marie Powell wrote about Twitter and auto tweets in light of the Boston events. As an introvert, I have always struggled with twitter and Facebook, twitter especially. There are some great comments: The Trouble with Twitter.
I’d love to hear what you have to say. Enjoy any, many or all of the links?
Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate your support.Until next time, au revoir.
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