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Treat Yo’ Self

Lesson 91 Chapter 6 Module 8

While I’m obviously in favor of resting your brain and self on off days, I also recognize that by this point it’s probably hard to not to think about writing all the time.

That is what happens when you’ve got yourself fully involved in a new habit or training routine.

Even when you aren’t actually doing “the thing”, you find your mind constantly wandering to “the thing.”

At the beginning of the course, it was important to take time off as our new creative and writing muscles learned their new strengths and limits.

Otherwise we’d break ourselves.

Now that we’re almost at the end, it’s important to start thinking about how you are going to continue training and competing (aka publishing (for writers), even though we are rarely competing against anyone but ourselves.)

I still think you should take a day off from a lot of writing and plotting work at least once a week. It lets your brain rest, and is imperative to maintaining a consistent flow state.

But today, take a bit of time to do some free-flow thinking, and perhaps jotting down ideas and notes.

Nothing too involved, as we’re still trying to take it easy on these Rest Days.

Instead, I’m going to ask you an important question: How do you push yourself through days of writer’s block and periods of challenged creative energy?

Answer:

TREAT YO' SELF

If you read any book or articles on training and motivation, they will tell you that one of the most important pieces to continued and long-term success is celebrating your wins.

For most of us, we focus most on celebrating the big wins.

Publishing a new post. Updating all our website copy. Releasing our first or new book.

But that isn’t what gets you through the tough times.

So what I’d like you to think about today is how you can break your big writing goals down into smaller pieces.

  • When will you have 5 articles or essays read to understand your main concept’s background?
  • How many words will you write today?
  • How many hours this week would you like to devote to research?
  • When will you complete this new section or chapter?

Whatever your current project, think of 3-5 ways to break it down into small manageable chunks.

Then, determine what your rewards will be.

Rewards should match the level of the work and time you will be putting into that particular task.

  • Did you write for 30 minutes straight? Get another fresh latte
  • Did you finish the articles you were reading for research? Take a music dance break
  • Did you hit all the hours you had committed to for writing this week? Binge through a few episodes of that Netflix show everyone is talking about
  • Did you publish all your posts this week? Take yourself out or make a fancy dinner (I’m a big fan of drinking sparkling juice or water out of wine glasses to uplevel an otherwise regular dinner.)
  • Did you release your new or first book? Host a little party with some of your nearest and dearest to celebrate (not a release party, just a “Yay Me” party)

And progress up to the big payoff for completing the whole thing.

You can also use rewards as timestamps to get a task finished.

  • Have an upcoming call with a friend? Sit down to make sure you hit your word count before hand.
  • Need to take the dog out for a run? Finish reading one more piece of background research.
  • Have a big day out planned? Make sure your editorial calendar is planned and scheduled for the week before and at least 2-3 articles ahead.

Basically, ask yourself “If I wasn’t writing or working, what would I want to do?”

That’s a good place to start looking at for your rewards.

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