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No, not the bunny with the battery. It’s getting to be the end of summer and, if you’re anything like me, you’re simultaneously pooped from three months of fun events and feel completely behind going into the Fall. Eeep!
Stress and distractions can make it really difficult to get into a writing groove, and I’ve learned that I tend to be at my crabbiest when I’ve gone too long without writing.
So, what are we to do when we’re feeling frazzled?
I came across this cool concept in one of the articles I read for my MBA, and it applies perfectly to a writer’s life and level of busyness. Basically, it says instead of managing our time, we should focus on managing our energy level because that’s what truly drives us. If we’re doing something we love, the time crunch matters less than if it’s for something where we’re dragging our feet. I think this is true! I’m constantly amazed how re-energized I feel, even amid all kinds of other chaos, if I can just get in even a half hour of good writing time.
Here’s a quick quiz to gauge where you are. My advice? If you’re short in the body or mind category, take a break, catch your breath…the writing world will still be there when you come back. If you’re low on energy or spirit, on the other hand, maybe what you need is a way to clear items off your plate that allow you to focus more on doing what you love.
|From Harvard Business Review|