If you’re still here and coherent after five full weeks of reading and discussing, you’re probably more than ready for this chapter on REST!
Before we begin, catch this brief video message from the co-authors:
And don’t you love Ann’s suggestion with the prop she shows in the video?
What tactics have worked for you?
It doesn’t have to be week-long vacations, does it? I find that if I’m writing in a public place like the library or Panera, just getting up to go to the bathroom or even switching tables for a slightly different view and perspective goes a long way to serve as a brief respite.
If I’m writing at home, sometimes just changing the load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher is enough to reset my mind to be ready for more productive work.
I do think it’s worthwhile, even when I think I’m finished with a piece, to step away from it for a while. It might be for one night, or even a few days — but leaving the article or blog post and coming back to it always gives a fresh perspective. Often I’ll revisit the work and decide to tweak a few sentences here and there. Sometimes I re-read it and remain convinced that I’ve done my best. Either way, the break in proximity is helpful.
You might also try the Pomodoro technique that Ann and Charity mention in their book and earlier videos. It’s a method in which you set a timer for 25-minute increments, and take brief breaks between those designated periods. It’s supposed to optimize productivity. I’ve been using it while homeschooling my kids these past few weeks, and I think it has helped!
What works for you?
For today’s discussion and/or link-up:
Describe your perfect day of rest that will leave you refreshed and motivated to press on in the writing life.
Do you struggle with the habit of rest? If so, why? How can you build rest into your routine?
Do you feel guilty when you take time to rest? If so, why?
How has rest helped you to be more productive?
Describe a time when you took a break from writing. What was it like? Was it intentional, or forced (such as a period of illness)?