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.

Great times to take a break when publishing a booktime off

When it comes to writing and being creative, taking time out is crucial.

  1. Let your book ‘rest’ after you have written your book and content plans.
  2. Always leave a couple of days between brainstorming book title ideas and choosing the title you are going to use.
  3. 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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Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.