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.