Doing less of anything is not a philosophy I championed until becoming a mother. I certainly didn’t work myself to the bone, but I also didn’t see how pruning projects could help me make even more progress on the ones that mattered.
From bubble baths to flipping through magazines, pedicures or lunch with girlfriends, there are myriad ways for us to slow down. And if you’re the kind of person who prioritizes self-care, what I’m about to say might come as a surprise. These activities—while relaxing—aren’t actually restful, and it’s limiting your creative potential.
I have a whole theory about writing that involves doing it in margins—short windows of time that add up to a whole lot and over the past few months, I’ve tweaked some things in my schedule and discovered ways to carve out time for reading in the margins, too. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Writers need tools. From favorite pens and computers to newsletter software and mug warmers, there’s a long list of things that help support us. But what about sleep? Learn more about yoga nidra, a sleep-based style of meditation that can help unleash your creativity.
When my parents came to visit for a week, I managed to get very little writing done aside from my freelance work and scheduling a newsletter. Before they arrived, I realized I’d be entering a brief season of liminal space—that time between what was and what’s to come.