If you want to improve your productivity, creativity or energy, one of the biggest faults is forgetting to change up your personal life. Being too wrapped up in work often causes chaotic schedules, poor diets and missed sleep.
Remember: To be great at what you do, you need a strong foundation.
That foundation is YOU.
You have to take care of yourself to produce excellent work. And if you feel like your professional creativity is lacking lately, try making these changes in your personal life. I guarantee you’ll be amazed at how much your writing improves.
Have a Routine
Set up a schedule that starts as soon as you get out of bed each day. Whether you shower, eat breakfast, drink coffee or even go for a morning walk, make it a ritual. Keep your writing routine going throughout the day, and leave spontaneity for when you’re done.
When you train your mind to follow a routine, you adjust to the mindset of writing. It becomes easier, and you’ll be more focused, productive, and creative.
Not to sound like a nagging mother, but the food you eat affects every part of your life, including your writing and creativity. Unhealthy foods leave you feeling sluggish and can cause headaches, stomach upset and other problems.
When you eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and proteins, you have more energy and feel great. Drinking plenty of water will also keep you running at 100%.
Get Some Sleep
Although it may be tempting to stay up late working on projects or just getting caught up, missing sleeps hurt you the next day.
Without proper rest, you’ll feel groggy and unmotivated, and you’ll hardly want to write at all, much less be creative. And losing sleep can affect your immune system. You won’t get anything done if you get sick!
So when nighttime comes, call it a day. Get some rest. You’ll write better tomorrow.
Take Time Off
To improve your writing, you actually need to spend an appropriate amount of time away from it. Hovering over the computer day in and day out just leaves you drained and dampens your creativity. When you take time away from writing, you can come back with a fresh perspective.
You can also use this opportunity to make time for other activities in your life, like a hobby or taking a class. Those activities give you more experiences to draw from, making it easier to come up with a new take on an old topic.
What do you do to keep yourself in top shape – so you can produce top content? Tell me all about it in the comments.