When was the last time you took a walk in the park? Or engaged in a game of charades? For me, it’s been a while, although in the last few weeks my niece has challenged me to more than a few games of ludo and scrabble. She though gets really angry about losing, developing dead-pan features, along with a quick and steady hand. Something I’ve often shaken my head at, because as a darts who gets serious coming down to end, and then losses because of overconfidence, I’ve learned to shrug it off. To try to maintain my cool and learn to take things light. Not that it works all the time, but then practice makes perfect. Has any of this ever happened to you? When was the last time you played? Allowing yourself an opportunity to win, lose or draw.
Now, take a moment. Think about this, it’s the bottom of the ninth inning, the bases are loaded and a different pitcher is called to the mound, while you are standing near home plate. Are you going to take up the bat and swing, aiming for the stars? Or are you going to shake your head doubtfully and say, pass?
What I’m trying to say, I guess, is that writing takes time. And even though being creative can sap your energy and sometimes leave you feeling drained, going out and doing something fun every now and then will help you to replenish lost energy. You will also be able to collect new ideas for stories, characters or maybe even just clear your head. After all as you’re building your lexicon for your stories, why not just throw in one more word that was useful during childhood… besides which, you’re never too old to have some fun!
Replenish the well! Enjoy the rest of your day!
Marooned on a desert island for two weeks, with room for only five essentials, what would you carry with you?
I ask this because as writers there are so many hurdles we have to overcome to be productive. I have since learnt that we can be enamored by a thesaurus, a tree and even an open window. Besides this, with so many gadgets available today, it is no wonder that in order to write, we have to cut ourselves off from all of the things we usually rely on, in our day-to-day living. If we really want this, we must unplug. Simplify our lives.
And since we are in the business of writing, my fellow writers, I give you only fifteen minutes of reprieve here, to answer the question posed above. If you were marooned on a desert island, what five things would you carry on a two week retreat? For me it would include a solar powered radio (yes, music is essential), a stack of books, a pack of pens and pencils and someone to share the experience. How about you?
In today’s fast paced world, we are told that whatever we give our focus to will take precedence. So why not make your choices even more efficient and effective by taking a midday cat nap, without the coffee. That way you can lead yourself to feeling revived for the rest of the day and produce work that would be good. Better. Or great. Instead of simply mediocre, because you were drained and your energy was sapped.
According to Tom Rath, the author of Eat Move Sleep in his introductory chapter of the book, labelled “The Basics,” you should sleep longer to get more done. Certainly back in college or university, it was easy to contemplate pulling an all-nighter because of some impending assignment or essay that needed to be done. Now, however with so much on our plate, it would be unwise to discredit the benefits of getting a full night sleep. Be it seven or eight hours long.
In fact, I have found that in addition to this, taking a few minutes off your day, say between 12:00 and 3:00, just to close your eyes, can provide an energy boost that restore some depleted energy. Set the alarm if you must. Turn down the volume on your phone. But whatever you do, make sure to close your eyes and tune out the outside world – for as little as fifteen or as much as thirty minutes – and see if you don’t feel mentally refreshed. Once again free to combat any problem, or overcome any obstacle and reclaim your day.