Here are some ideas for organising you ‘writing life’. It isn’t easy to achieve each of these as real life often gets in the way. Trust me – getting the family to give you space is difficult as they can be very demanding on your time. Just remember, getting one page completed is much better than nothing!
- Set your boundaries early for work and family. Let them know when you will be contactable and when you won’t. This will allow the initial space to build a strong structural base to work from.
2. Pick a space where you feel you’ll do your best work. If you can tweak it so that natural light is on you throughout the day and source a proper chair that protects your posture along with any other environmental tweaks that make things easy and comfortable (ergonomics, indoor plants) then space will remain an attractive space to operate in for years to come.
3. Make sure you allocate time in your day to support your physical and mental wellbeing. Include breaks for fun, meditation, exercise and any other activity that leaves you feeling refreshed. In simple terms, balancing working hard with playing hard.
4. Plan your meals and snacks with the most nutrient-dense food like fresh fruits or vegetables often. This will help support immunity, manage weight and support your brainpower. Don’t rely on willpower. You won’t have enough to go around. Plan it, prep it and cook it.
5. Get your most important task done early when your willpower will be at its highest. Use the Pomodoro technique for single focus to zero in on tasks and control as many distractions as possible in advance of your workload.