One of the reasons I work so often and diligently is because I enjoy it. I find joy in my occupations whether I am editing for FashionMingle.net, writing for clients, or selling gifts from my retail store.
I believe in progressive play, where the engaged mind and inner happiness meet.
As many of you know from reading my blog posts, I am a believer in learning something new everyday. With the act of learning, it is important to remember to apply the act of allowing these new learning experiences to come to you with an open mind and heart.
After visiting with my vocal coach (yes, I’m learning how to sing and breath correctly because it’s super fun), she imparted a tidbit of invaluable wisdom. She told me to practice the art of allowance. Ever since that moment, I have had a clearer understanding of not only how to deflect negative energy from my everyday life but how to allow positive energy and thoughts to rush into my everyday tasks and interactions with others.
Just because we have a wish to learn new things doesn’t mean we actually do. Most of the time, I’ve struggled to learn new things even though I’ve desperately wanted to and that is because I didn’t allow myself to use kindness and self-acceptance while intercepting new information.
So now, it is with a glad heart that I am able to share this quote with you and hopefully you will allow yourself to let positivity enter into your life.
Thank you all for your continued support by reading my blog. Although I have been away for a while due to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a hectic editorial schedule, I wanted to keep you all updated with the status of this blog.
After my hiatus, I have found even more writing and productivity stories to share with you all. Over the next few weeks, I will post tips for you to apply to your writing and career search. For now, here is a link to one of the most important articles of February 2014. Click the photo (below) to read it.
Whether you write in the stiff silence of a library or in the comfort of your home office, your mind will hit a red-brick wall after several hours of writing. At the point of blockage, all you want to do is this: nothing.
Can you imagine yourself doing nothing? A difficult concept to grasp for busy bodied Americans, doing nothing is oxymoronic but simple to do. Although I do not advocate laziness or deadline ignorance, I do encourage all writers to do nothing for at least ten to fifteen minutes every day.
The act of nothingness is a mental break. However temporary this method may seem, it is a release from deadlines and self-imposed writing pressure. This ten-minute mindful work break will leave a lasting impression of your well-being and improve your writing process. It’s science.
Before watching Andy Puddicombe’s talk about 10 Mindful Minutes,via TEDx, I felt guilty for “doing nothing” when I felt as if I should have continued to write despite mental fatigue. After applying the 10 mindful minutes method to my writing schedule, I feel more confident in my word choices and have more time to enjoy the peaks and valleys of the writing process.
Mindfulness isn’t exclusive to Zen-seeking social media gurus and content managers. As a writer this technique will help you become more mindful of your processes, add structure to the work day, and help you reduce deadline pressure. If you found this blog post helpful or have a work break tip you’d like to share with me, leave a comment in the box below.
When the heat is on to finish a client’s project, working long hours becomes the norm and minimal to no work breaks are ever taken. As a freelance writer, taking breaks will help you alleviate deadline pressure and complete your assignments. Review the following breaks that I’ve used over the years:
A Practical Plan – Would you prefer to spend 10 to 15 minutes with a group of people, talking about the book you’re reading? Or would you rather spend a quarter of an hour in the serene peace of your city park? Whatever best suits your personality, you can apply it to a work break that takes you out of your role as a freelance writer and gives you the chance to just chill out before getting back into the work groove.
Jump Around – Exercise helps us get our freelance writing blood flowing – letting our ideas flow naturally. We need exercise to release endorphins that will make us feel more apt to actually want to write and tackle our work.Take 3 to 5 minutes out of your freelance writing work day to complete a set of ten to twenty jumping jacks and fifteen stomach crunches while listening to your favorite, uplifting music. I’m a sucker for “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Find an exercise routine and heart-pumping tunes that work for you!
Get out of the Office – A change of scenery is a reward. You get to leave your office or studio when you’re done with a portion of your task. Plan this type of work break into your freelance writing schedule. I recommend going to your local farmer’s market, the zoo, or botanical garden for about 30 minutes or on your lunch break. If you live in Austin, I recommend visiting the Zilker Botanical Garden for an exceptional work break experience.
Taking works breaks is essential to a positive and productive day in the office. How do you reset your mind and make a fresh start during your workday? Share your tips and insights in the comment box below.