One Writer’s Journey

July 22, 2011

A Day of Rest

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:45 am
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Give yourself the gift of downtime. Disconnect.

You may have noticed that if you e-mail me on Saturday or Sunday, you might not hear back from me for several days.  That’s because I try very hard not to even boot my computer on Sunday.

Why?

Because if you work from home, you quickly find that it is hard to be “off the clock.”  The things that you really need to finish, or just want to finish, but didn’t finish, aren’t at the office.  They’re in the other room.  Pop into the home office just to check for an e-mail from your editor and you may be embarrassed to find that you’ve been typing away, getting caught up, for close to an hour.  I-phones and more make it easier to be connected all the time.  Just one more minute to check on something or finish something.

Or not.

I choose that second option.  Sunday, we had lunch with friends and then went to the new Harry Potter movie.  I read most of a novel.  I prepped my lesson plan for Tuesday night.  Sure, I also did a load of laundry and we cleaned house but I worked in some serious relaxation.

In fact, I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard lately.  When I post my word count for the week this Monday, you’ll note that it isn’t very impressive.  In fact, I’m not going to come close to making my weekly goal.  But I’m okay with that.  I haven’t had a week more or less off in quite a while.

Please, take the time to kick back.  The energy you regain will be visible in your work.

–SueBE

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