Why I Take A 15-Minutes Break After Every Article That I Write
Day 85/365: This technique helps me stay focused, motivated and creative during the whole day of my writing assignments
On a regular Monday like this one, I need to write some 5000 to 8000 words by the end of the day. This seems like an impossible task for someone who writes 10 emails every single day and then does something else.
For me, it’s just another day at the office. Well, at the home or coffee place office, as I’m a full-time freelancer who works from everywhere. That aside, think about the 8000 words that I need to write as 8 consecutive hours of work, as in, a normal day of labour.
The problem is, this is not manual labour. This is creative work, for the most part, and for that type of work, you need to get your batteries recharged as many times as possible.
If you’re not doing that, two things are going to happen, and fast:
- You’ll lose interest in the work and find it extremely hard to be creative and do the next article;
- You’ll lose focus, your eyes will hurt and your entire body will feel like it’s about to fall down into pieces from keeping the same posture for hours.
This is why I always take a 10 to 15 minutes break after each and every one of the articles that I write. Looking at the chart for today’s schedule (yes, it’s the one pictured above and yes, I use a British Museum pen and a supermarket notebook to write my schedule on, I am simply that cool, so learn to cope with it!) I have exactly 7 things to do, so 7 articles/edits/other things that involve writing, which means I’ll take about 100 minutes of breaks throughout the day.
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin
If you’re a good writer, chances are you don’t need an hour to write 1000 words. My goal is to dim my 1000 words time to 30 minutes, which is now at a steady and comfortable 40 minutes. With 10 to 15 minutes of break per hour, I can do the whole batch of articles and edits and other jobs in 7 hours or less.
The 15-minutes break rule is important and needs to be applied even if, at the end of article 3 of the day, for example, you don’t feel the need to take a break.
Just do it, go talk to your colleagues or friends, go wander around the office/house/take a walk around the coffee shop. Free your mind, let the article that you just wrote go and blank your mind for the next one.
It works wonders, and if you don’t believe me, just try it for a day or two. If you have any other time management tricks for your work, please share them in the comments section below. Thanks!
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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 47 claps!
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