Today has been one of those impromptu days off that you can only have when you are self-employed. It is a joyous interlude that helps to balance out the stressful, ‘everything is going wrong’ moments that happen in any business.
It is easy to feel guilty about these kinds of days, and to be honest, I used to feel bad about them but not anymore. The reason I don’t fret about these kinds of non-action days is because I know that tomorrow I will leap forward.
There are distinct benefits to taking a break from the daily routine and allowing yourself some time off
- Ideas germinate
- Decisions get resolved
- Motivation is renewed
- Energy gets replenished
- Perspective is gained
Of course, this is why we have weekends, but weekends don’t always happen at the right time and if you work for yourself, weekends don’t always happen as they are meant to.
When it comes to writing and being creative, taking time out is crucial.
- Let your book ‘rest’ after you have written your book and content plans.
- Always leave a couple of days between brainstorming book title ideas and choosing the title you are going to use.
- Leave a few days between writing your book and revising it, otherwise you are too close to see what needs to be changed.
As you can see, taking a break can have great benefits, so if you find yourself having the odd ‘do nothing’ day, don’t fret. Enjoy it because it will bring more rewards than you may imagine.
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