Turning writer’s block into something productive. These five basic things got me through and made me feel a lot more grounded.
WRITER’S BLOCK GOT ME (AGAIN!)
This past week I was planning to post more of the blog posts I have been chipping away at. Despite my best efforts in list making and coming up with plans, I felt a bit of writer’s block. Rather than sit at my desk feeling frustrated, I let it go and got on with some other basic tasks. Overall, it made me feel a lot more grounded and less stressed. So, below are the most basic things to do to get over a wall.
5 BASIC THINGS TO DO TO MAKE YOU FEEL MORE GROUNDED
All of the following tasks are very basic. They probably shouldn’t warrant a blog post. But as someone who can tend to put work first and general life stuff second, taking time out for the basic things is important. So, while you may not learn anything new below, you might find a little reminder.
Okay, this sounds like a SUPER basic thing that isn’t significant but hear me out. Each week lately we have made a priority to go for a long walk. Choosing either the coast or Kings Park (which is a BIG park with landscaped gardens and bushland trails). It clears my head, gets a little vitamin D and is a good opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather before winter comes. That fresh non-office air is amazing!
Somehow I am always organising something, be it folders, tidying up around my house, organising odds an ends… the list goes on. Though it sounds dull, these tasks make things run smoother in the long run and ensure my mind is less busy.
Last week I even finally called in to see my doctor and had a freckle which had changed shape looked at. Luckily it was okay but I decided to have it removed anyway. I put off going for so long but after a call to my Mum reminded me (she just had a skin cancer removed) I had to face it. If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, I recommend it! Better to be safe than sorry.
I am currently reading A Man Called Ove, which I had seen on the best seller list. I have a new ‘what I’ve been reading’ blog post in the works, it will be up soon. Actually, I read a book recently which was a struggle because I didn’t like it and am curious to see if anyone else has read it and felt the same. Can’t love them all!
Though I obviously spend a lot of time in front of a screen, this year I have concentrated on taking more time off to spend with people. Be they friends or family, in person or just chatting on the phone, that downtime is so good.
I’ve been plugging my phone in to charge overnight in another room so it is not by my bed. It is so good not to have the temptation to look at your phone if you can’t get to sleep. This was a big issue for me.
I will cop some flack from Mario for this one (if he reads it) but cooking is one thing that I don’t prioritise enough but actually enjoy. Though Mario is a far more dedicated cook than me, if I make the effort, it is actually rewarding. The time spent alone, cranking up some good classic rock, doing something that requires focus is definitely valuable time. Not that I want to do this all that often, just every now and again. (In case Mario does read this and decides to stop cooking for me!!!)
WHAT ARE YOUR WRITER’S BLOCK CURES?
If you are ever feeling stuck at work, what do you do? Any of these above? Do you have a trick to help you get inspired or stay on task? Someone you talk to that puts you back on track? I’d love to read some of your tips and tricks to feeling more grounded below.