Myra Faye Turner, Writer
I really need to get back on track. Every year around March I start getting distracted. I don't know if it's the nice weather or the fact that school is ending soon and I won't have to get up at the ass crack of dawn to take my kid to school. Okay, technically speaking 6:30 is not the ass crack of dawn, but it's too damn early for me.
The point is, the past few weeks I have not worked as hard as I should. Now, I'm working on projects that I already have scheduled or new ones that have come to me, but what I mean is I'm not spending a whole lot of time looking for new writing opportunities.
As a freelancers that's bad. No work = no pay. But when I'm sitting at my desk and I hear the birds chirping outside my window, well, I just want to go outside and drink up the sun. Or the opposite. Like when it rains (as it did most of last week) and all I want to do is climb in bed and go to sleep.
So what's a girl to do to stay on track? The one thing I've noticed is if I skip my morning walking routine, I'm more than likely to not feel like working much. I guess getting out in the fresh air, listening to my favorite tunes, while those feel good endorphins kick in sets the tone for the rest of my day.
So the one thing that I try to make sure I do is walk. If I can't walk I like to at least exercise at home. I have a Wii and a low impact exercise DVD that are my go-to secondary forms of exercise when I'm not able to (or don't feel like walking).
The other thing that gets me back on track is actually taking some time off. This might seem counterproductive but there are times when you might need to take a break and recharge. Think about kids how they get cranky when they're tired or hungry. Well, adults are the same. That's why businesses offer vacation and other paid time off options to employees. Unfortunately when you work for yourself, it's hard to take time off. Especially when it's just you. Let's face it, again, no work = no pay. But sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and take time off. Once you've had the chance to rest up, you can then get back on track.
In lieu of taking time off, I will shorten the amount of time I normally work. That's where I am right now. This way, I am able to still get some work done and have a little bit of breathing room. This currently cycle that I'm on will last from now until September. Once school ends it will be harder for me to work longer hours with my son home. Now, mind you he's a teenager but he's as needy as a little kid! And yes, I also want to sleep late a few days a week.
The hardest part for me is not feeling guilty for taking time off. But I've grown to deal with these feelings and am getting much better at reminding myself that I need time off in order for me to be more efficient. So if you don't hear from me, I'm still around, just not as much.