Today’s Topic: Why it’s important to take breaks in life
If you’re worried about how much time you have left in life, you might think that taking breaks is ultimately wasted time that could be spent being productive. Why sit around binging your favorite Netflix show or playing a video game or two when you could be working towards a goal, dream, or resolution? The answer is, quite simply, that as human beings we need to take breaks (both physically and mentally) in order to be productive.
In my original goal for writing my 12 new series, I wanted to write almost 60,000 words per month for two years straight. I thought it was relatively doable, and for the first few months I was able to keep going at such a pace. Then came my other obligations: freelance work, friendships, family, full-time work, and smaller commitments that ate at a large chunk of my time. Suddenly writing became a chore that I didn’t look forward to doing anymore.
I stopped what I was doing, took a long hard look at my schedule, and came to realize that changes needed to be made. I scheduled breaks in between writing series where I could focus on either other projects or some much needed ‘me time’. Now I’ve got an awesome schedule that allows me both the freedom to relax and the ability to let my creative juices flow. It’s a win-win situation that’s resulted in quality work on a time schedule I can keep.
If you’re ever stressed about deadlines, tight schedules, and other such constrictions in life, it’s important to remember that you should always schedule in a few breaks as well. The brain needs to unwind to be as productive as it can be. Don’t overwork your brain to the point where the only break you have is a mental breakdown.
It’s okay to take a step back and unwind in life. The real challenge is making sure your break doesn’t turn into a hiatus that eventually ends with you never completing your task or goal. Breaks, when used productively, enable us to recharge our batteries and power through whatever it is we’re working on. After all, we’re only human.