Have you ever feel like a trapeze artist walking across a wire balancing fine china on your arms, head, and shoulders when it comes to balancing your life with work and your writing?
Yes? I know I’ve felt that way before. But the truth really is… you only have one life, so it doesn’t come down to balancing life and work. It’s actually about learning how to manage your time and use it wisely.
Here are 7 steps that will help you get your work and life planned out so that you are getting more done and enjoying life.
1. Get Moving
I’ve found this to be so helpful. If you set aside 30 minutes a day to exercise your body will thank you later. Create a fit life now, so you can live the life you’ve always wanted to live.
I love “Friends”!! Isn’t it the best? You can relate to so many different parts of the show. Phoebe doesn’t have the best running form, but at least she is running. If you take care of your body your days will be less stressful. You will also feel better about yourself.
If you take care of your body you’ll be happier and you’ll feel better. As a person who sits at a desk for work, you should try get in the best shape you can.
You only have one life. A longer life = more written words. Another
A longer life = more written words. Another thing that goes with this is making sure you drink enough water and get enough sleep.
2. Get Up Earlier.
I’m to work at 9 am every morning. Lately I’ve been trying to wake up earlier so I can get a run in before work as well as getting some words written before I leave home. Check out this cool bedtime calculator. You can type in when you want to wake up and they tell you when the best time is that you should go to bed in order to wake up at that time.
I’ve been working on a new novel. I bring my novel freewriting notebook with me wherever I go. Whether that is to work or church or even on errands. You never know when an idea will pop into your mind. In this notebook, I answer questions that get me thinking about who my characters are, what kind of world they live in, and what the rules to their world are. I’ve really found it helpful.
4. Cook Before You Are Busy
Get a slow cooker.
Prepare meals on the weekend and then freeze them. Then before you go to work, throw your frozen prepped meals into the slow cooker. Your food will be ready for you by the time you get home from work.
This really takes a lot of weight off your shoulders knowing that you won’t have to slave away in the kitchen till 9 pm. Here is a compilation of good slow cooker recipes!
Make sure you set aside some relaxation time for yourself. Maybe that means a bubble bath or a massage on the weekend. It’s just important that you take care of yourself during your busy lifestyle so you can recharge.
Find out some awesome relaxation tips in “Creating A Fit Life”.
6. Take Time To Chat With Writer Friends
I have some great writing friends who totally understand the work that goes into fitting writing into your day. It’s nice to have people around you who understand your daily struggles and joys.
7. Go Someplace
Remember when Anne from Anne of Green Gables said, “There is so much scope for the imagination.”
She was right. There is so much scope for imagination in the world around us. Go somewhere on the weekend to fill your mind with new thoughts and ideas. Or go for a walk in a new place. Over the weekend, I went for a walk down my road and saw this.
It’s a field. Honestly, I am so happy to live so close to the country. I live on the very edge of the city.
The secrets to living a healthy balanced lifestyle have to do with finding a happy medium in the many areas of your life.
What are some things you’ve found helpful to balance life, work, and writing?