It’s far too easy to get sucked into work. When you’re a creator, you work from home and are on the computer all day. Your back is tired. Your butt hurts. You need to get in the habit of taking breaks.
Get In The Habit
People always say they need to get in a habit with writing. I always say the same thing. Get yourself into a routine, train your body and mind that a certain time is writing time. You should also do the same for taking breaks as well.
There must be a certain amount of time each day where you’re not writing or creating just to let your mind at ease.
Breaks are not only important for your mental health but also for your physical health. There are a number of things I personally like to do when I take breaks.
- Take a walk with the dog
- Be outside in the sun
- Clean the house
- Dance around or sing obnoxiously
- Run errands or go for a drive
- Read a book
- Play video games
Of course, reading and playing video games is kind of like work as well so I tend to try to do something else if I can.
How I Know When To Take A Break
Usually, when I start not focusing or I begin to get silly (just ask my sister) that’s when I know I need to take a break. A lot of times, and I especially do this when my sister and I are working together, we work for an hour then break for an hour and repeat. It really helps us get a lot done.
I especially like doing things that way because I’m still getting work done throughout the day. Something I need to work on is not feeling guilty when I don’t write or blog. I’ll get up early, work for eight hours, and then if I sit down to watch TV at 6 pm I feel like that’s too early for me to not be working, despite putting in a full day.
So, alternating each hour with work and breaks helps me in the sense that I’m working throughout the day until all my stuff is done or I’m too tired to get anything else done.
Days Off Are Breaks Too
Also, you don’t just need to take breaks throughout the day. You should always give yourself a day or two off each week. My goal is to be able to have Saturdays and Sundays off. Right now I give myself Fridays off and even then I still sometimes get work done. Other than live streaming with my sister, I don’t have to babysit on Fridays (unless I agree to babysit on the occasional Friday) so I do my best to stay off the computer.
My laptop is a trooper, so she definitely deserves a break most days. Not mention, so do my characters.