When the heat is on to finish a client’s project, working long hours becomes the norm and minimal to no work breaks are ever taken. As a freelance writer, taking breaks will help you alleviate deadline pressure and complete your assignments. Review the following breaks that I’ve used over the years:
- A Practical Plan – Would you prefer to spend 10 to 15 minutes with a group of people, talking about the book you’re reading? Or would you rather spend a quarter of an hour in the serene peace of your city park? Whatever best suits your personality, you can apply it to a work break that takes you out of your role as a freelance writer and gives you the chance to just chill out before getting back into the work groove.
- Jump Around – Exercise helps us get our freelance writing blood flowing – letting our ideas flow naturally. We need exercise to release endorphins that will make us feel more apt to actually want to write and tackle our work.Take 3 to 5 minutes out of your freelance writing work day to complete a set of ten to twenty jumping jacks and fifteen stomach crunches while listening to your favorite, uplifting music. I’m a sucker for “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Find an exercise routine and heart-pumping tunes that work for you!
- Get out of the Office – A change of scenery is a reward. You get to leave your office or studio when you’re done with a portion of your task. Plan this type of work break into your freelance writing schedule. I recommend going to your local farmer’s market, the zoo, or botanical garden for about 30 minutes or on your lunch break. If you live in Austin, I recommend visiting the Zilker Botanical Garden for an exceptional work break experience.
Taking works breaks is essential to a positive and productive day in the office. How do you reset your mind and make a fresh start during your workday? Share your tips and insights in the comment box below.
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