I did that thing about wellbeing
Just to put all this week into context. It was focussed on things other than my writing. I started a new job in January and that has required a lot of my time over the previous seven days. I had started to feel a little overwhelmed with my production schedule. To complete a short story every week, a narration of said story and completing more of the novel. This all was too much and I needed a break from it.
The benefits have been quite remarkable. I dropped off social media, did not look at a screen (outside of work) and took the time to refocus. Oh, do not get me wrong I have been scribbling down some ideas but they are just that, scribbled down. Longhand on bits of paper. The whole process was quite liberating if I am entirely candid with you. Slavish devotion to screen and keyboard do not a happy Magpie make. Taking this time to rekindle my love of reading and spend time on some other bits and pieces has let my brain reset. I feel, honestly I feel revitalised.
Hopefully THIS WILL now be something I do on a more regular basis. Ensure that I take time out every now and again to really give myself time to decompress, to give me time to think about how to unwind and ensure that I hit my planning goals (see below).
Apologies that I have no real writing updates but I have some life updates and goals.
- Spend quality time with family
- Read in the bath more
- Take time away from social media (no notifications on my phone)
- Have goals in mind and action them earlier on in the week
- Revisit why I do things – the what I do is not important, it is the why (thanks to a TED Talk from Simon Sinek about that) How great leaders inspire action – Simon Sinek – YouTube
That is (and I know it’s short) for this week.