I’ve been really trying to take time at the beginning of my work time each day to pause and reset my brain. I fly through the morning and beginning of the afternoon in total mom-mode (maybe you know it?) and then, when it’s time to sit down and shift gears into author-mode, I’m so grateful for the time to myself that I sometimes lose track of time and completely forget what I sat down to do. Or I remember what I planned to do that day, but I’m so exhausted I sit and stare into space (or worse, social media) for 30 minutes before I even begin to make progress on the day’s tasks. And those 30 minutes are valuable!
So I’ve been taking a breath before I dive into writing and it’s really helped. I sit still (sometimes I close my eyes) and I tell myself
- The kids are good. They’re safe. They’re happy.
- This is my time to dive into the career I’ve built from scratch. To invest in that which lights my soul on fire.
Then I cast my mind to the story I’m working on, and remember what it’s like to be in those character’s heads.
Finally, I open my document, briefly read what I wrote yesterday, and dive into the words.
You don’t have to be a writer to use a ritual when it’s time to switch gears. What do you do that helps you transition from one task/project/role to another?