I almost forgot to write this newsletter because I fell out of my routine. I use block scheduling and it’s amazingly helpful, but I have been traveling and have had a busier-than-usual schedule and the newsletter time just got bumped.
But that’s ok! Because I am a master of the PIVOT. And even with all the chaos I was able to take a week-long break from Instagram and Social Media which was a really good reason my schedule was a bit different.
So let’s talk about routines and breaks and why you should practice using both for your writing.
For months and months I wasn’t making time for my own writing and then feeling really terrible about it. But the problem was that every time I sat down to write my brain would flood with ALL the other projects I have going on. I started block scheduling.
Tuesdays and Fridays are my days to write, and I no longer feel guilty on the days I’m not writing. I schedule all my social media posts a week or two ahead of time, and have 15 minutes a day to poke around the app.
But, I had to take a week off of all social media to realize HOW MUCH it was sucking out of me. Not only time, but precious, critical, brain processing space, which was another reason I felt so fogged sometimes. I was literally zombie-ing when I thought I was engaging/connecting on social media.
So I set routines, took breaks, and re-set my routines. It’s all about trial, error, and practice.
So here’s the plan for your writing practice this week:
Pick two days you can write for at least 45 minutes
Let your brain take breaks from thinking about your writing on other days.
Also, think about where you might be zombie-scrolling and use that time to take a break from your phone or computer and just sit. And breathe.
Let me know how you feel after you try it for a week or two!