Conscious & Creative Writers Tip – Time for Time Out!

June 26, 2012

10. Pureflower1418672SmallIn the fast-paced, 24/7 world in which we live, many people feel that real “time out” from the pressures of everyday life is a luxury to be reserved for special occasions only.

We are conditioned to think that we should be as busy and productive as possible in all areas of our lives including work, relationships and even our social lives. For writers, this also extends to our creative output on the page.

Yet, regular periods of “time out” will refresh and recharge you at a deep level and result in a renewed sense of excitement, passion and purpose generally.

So I invite you to stop for a moment and ask yourself a few questions. Do you ever feel:

  • that sitting still is a waste of time when you have so many tasks on your “to do” list?
  • dissatisfied with aspects of your life without really knowing why?
  • exhausted and empty but push on regardless?
  • that you want to write more regularly … and simply to write more!
  • frustrated that your creative dreams are far from being achieved?

If so, you may need to rediscover the joy of stillness and having space in your life on a regular basis. Ironically, by doing less we can often achieve more!

Here are 10 ways you can introduce some of these principles into your everyday life:

  1. Begin your day with 10 minutes of stillness followed by 10 minutes of stream-of-consciousness journal writing.
  2. Once a week, give yourself at least two hours to engage in a mindful activity of your choice, preferably on your own.
  3. Reframe your thinking and schedule time when you consciously choose to DO LESS – and appreciate a slower approach to completion than you would normally accept.
  4. Share the load – don’t try to do everything yourself if you continually feel stretched. Find support appropriate to your situation and feel great about doing so.
  5. Clear some space in your office and/or your home. Start with one corner or one pile of papers and relish the opportunity for new opportunities to come into your life.
  6. Stop reading the newspaper and watching or listening to the news for at least a week … and then another. Enjoy the relief from being bombarded by so much bad news.
  7. Learn to say “no” when other people make too many demands on your time and energy – it’s OK to put your own priorities first sometimes.
  8. Do something creative and playful, just for fun.
  9. Reconnect with and look after your body (maybe consider doing a detox) and watch out that you don’t get too lost in your thoughts.
  10. Spend time outside in nature and enjoy watching sunset skies as often as possible.

Give yourself the gift of taking action on at least three of these suggestions for at least three weeks before you evaluate the results. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you found that at the end of this time you have achieved more of what you really want to do.

And perhaps even more importantly, you will have done so in a way that deeply nourishes the real you and leaves you feeling excited, passionate and purposeful about your creative endeavours and your life in general.

Q4U: What are your favourite ways to enjoy “time out”? Add your comments below.

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2 Comments »

  1. Mindfulness meditation practice is my main “time out”, and I find silent day retreats particularly nourishing. There’s something about the experience of meditating with others that seems to enhance the practice – and a day of silence is glorious in the midst of busy city life!

    Comment by Chris Bowles — June 26, 2012

  2. I have my own car so I am out quite a bit; however, every 4 weeks I take a complete day to visit my hairdresser, go shopping in my favourite stores and have supper with a friend. I come home tired but totally relaxed. In the summer, I head to our family cottage in Muskoka and relax and enjoy my grandchildren and my private moments.

    Comment by Eleanor Beck — June 26, 2012

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