3 Reasons to Schedule Time for Self Care

Increasing productivity, Mental Health
You have a job. You also have a couple paid writing assignments, a blog to maintain, friends to visit and a family who seems convinced that they deserve some of your precious time. Oh, and you're trying to write a novel in your "spare time". With everything else going on in your life, it's easy to ignore self care. When was the last time you read a good book purely for pleasure? Enjoyed a sunset by yourself? Had a relaxing bath? Did yoga? Odds are you've heard about how important it is to take care of yourself, but how deeply have you thought about it? Is self care part of your daily routine? Here are 3 reasons why it should be: 1. You need your health to write. This includes…
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Monthly routines to save time

Goal setting, Increasing productivity, Writing
Some things, like checking email and social media, are best done in small bursts every day. It's easier to do a little bit of cleaning every day than it is to do all your cleaning at once. Still other things are easy to ignore for months, and yet become monumental tasks when you finally face them. Every year, I spend the first couple months paying careful attentions to these things. I carefully organize my life in January and February, and things soon fall apart as I get overwhelmed by everything in my life that isn't writing. But this year I will be finishing school and be able to focus on my writing full time for the first time, and I'm determined to make every day count so that I can…
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