It turns out that writing isn’t a 9–5 job for me

Finding balance between productivity and burn out

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Not all writers can write 9–5

I tried, in the beginning, to be sat at my desk by 9, have an hour for my lunch, and finish at 5.

Take the opportunity to live your life

I’ve not really taken a break during lockdown, because it really messes with my productivity. If I took a week off, I’d end up taking a month off.

Pick up new hobbies or skills

Embarrassingly for someone that writes thousands of words a day, I can’t touch type.

Learn to relax

I struggle with relaxing because I’m too good at it.

Be as productive as you can

Not as productive as society dictates you should be. There’s no law that says everyone has to work at certain times.

Plan, plan, plan

Seven hours is way too long a time for me to be writing. I end up writing crap. Better to walk away after five.

Set flexible hours

There’s no rule that says you have to start work on a Monday. Or work five days a week. Experiment, and find what works for you.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

A lot of people that get to do their dream job struggle when faced with lack of motivation. But here’s the thing: every job has its downsides. Everyone has bad days.

Final thoughts

As it turns out, my dreams of being hella productive and producing five (decent) articles a day are ashes and dust.

Writer, blogger. Rabbit parent to one. Plant parent to many. Occasional runner, jigsaw puzzle enthusiast.

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