Last week I wrote about using timers to get more work done. While I stand by that suggestion, I have another bit to add, make sure you take time to take care of yourself.
Social media asks us what’s on our minds and, frankly, sometimes the answer is I have is that I need to get offline. In order to keep my projects all moving, I’ve realized it’s become more and more important I take time to clear my head. I’m more productive, not less, when I practice self-care.
Here are ways I refill my well:
· Turn off my phone
· Coffee at a coffee shop
· Go for a run
· Make art
· Take a walk
· Clean up
· Yoga class
· Spin class
· Dance break
· Write a letter (longhand)
· Go outside
· Drink water
Of course, spending time with the ones you love is essential during your off hours, too. Sometimes you can even mix pleasure and work, like when I wrote this post on having a family cooking competition at home. Finding opportunities to bring socializing into your work life can help with burnout, too.
How about you? How do you refuel your creative well?
Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based content creator. She creates blog posts, web copy, original photography, and feature articles.