Does writing make me happy? Yes, it does! Do I want to keep doing it all my life? Yes, I do! Do I write or think about writing ALL the time? Errr…no I don’t.
I find it difficult to write all the time even if I wanted to do it. See the thing is, I mostly write when there is a serious itch in my fingers. I don’t want to label myself negatively but it’s no secret that I am somewhat of an expert in procrastination (something that I am definitely trying to become a non-expert in!). I often lose great ideas/quotes/lines/paragraphs because I am too lazy to find my notebook and pen and write them down somewhere when inspiration strikes.
Nevertheless this post is NOT about writer’s block or procrastination, it is about maintaining a balance between writing and the rest of your life. So what do I do to take a break from writing?
- Running and Yoga: Quite recently, I have taken up running and as a beginner, I do this about 3 times a week. The other 4 days, I practice yoga to supplement running.
- Watch productive and inspirational videos – While practicing yoga in my living room, I’ll put on inspirational videos on the TV. It gives me a huge kick on the behind to keep going.
- Read – I love reading (as you can tell from my blog’s main theme) but I’m a bit of a distracted reader. I’ll pick up a book and 5 pages later, I’ll probably put it down and:
- Watch totally unproductive videos – Great procrastination tools – cat videos, baby videos, comedy clips (my latest favourite is Gaurav Gera’s Chutki and Shopkeeper), talk shows, movies, music videos, TV series’ et cetera.
- Spend time on social media (and by that I mean, end up on totally random stranger’s Instagram account and look at their pictures – admit it, we ALL inadvertently do this!)
- Catch up with friends and family – It’s not always possible to meet up personally, so we usually just IM each other but also try to make plans as much as we can on the weekends.
- Indulge in some de-cluttering, organizing and cleaning – I find de-cluttering and organizing to be the best therapy to bring back inspiration and focus.
- Cooking – The satisfaction of a well-turned out recipe is incomparable.
- Listen to some nice music and dance/sing along – Because why not?
- Sleep – The best way to maintain equilibrium is a much-needed shut eye.