Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Note to Self - Take Breaks

With school back in session, my writing schedule has gone from sporadic to consistent overnight. I’m working longer hours, getting a lot done and feeling inspired by the coming of fall.

One thing I need to watch for is that I pull myself out of ‘chair pose’ (not the one you do in yoga class) and away from the computer screen. I need to take breaks.

I’m guilty of eating my breakfast and lunch at my computer desk and staying put until 3:30p.m. when my daughter walks through the door. So this year, I am going to promise myself to take a few moments during my work day, to stretch, breathe, and walk. I have to remember to look out my office window and give my eyes a break from the computer screen. (Remeber to blink!) I need to drink water. How do I forget my basic needs while I'm working?  I do exercise before my work day begins and I'm fairly active in the evenings. But I need to take breaks during my work day.

I hope that my fellow writers are remembering to take breaks for a stretch or a 10 minute walk. It really makes a difference in the way you feel at the end of the day. It might even improve your writing.