Feeling refreshed

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 At 10:08 AM

I'm sure you noticed that I've been posting sporadically lately. Part of that is because I've been quite busy launching and maintaining my new blogs and websites, but another big part is because I took some time off last week.

Michael had taken the entire week off, and although I had intended to continue to work, it didn't quite happen that way. Instead, we did things such as visiting a horse rescue and walking the dogs a lot. We didn't work in the yard or take a day trip to the mountains as we'd planned, but mostly just hung out instead.

It was really nice to do virtually no work for 9 days in a row. When I sat down to work on Monday, I noticed a very clear difference: I felt refreshed and eager to work, rather than the project-dread and desire to procrastinate that I had apparently become accustomed to.

I guess a vacation now and then is good for the soul. It's something to keep in mind, because I don't often take breaks from work — my laptop even goes with me on trips. From what I hear, I'm not the only writer who approaches work this way, so this is a good reminder: Give yourself a break every once in a while!

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Anonymous Mariella Says:  

Yup, rest really does work wonders. Ever since I started taking weekends off this February, I began feeling, well, human again. =)

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Good grief, Mariella... If anyone needed to start taking time off, it was you! :o)

 
 
Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

You know, I think you may be on to something here. I'm starting to dread work every day too, even on days when I'll be working on projects I'd normally enjoy. I take at least part of every weekend off at least though, so Mariella definitely had me beat.

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Kathy,

Yeah, that's how I'd started to feel. Time to take a few days off! :o)

 
 
Blogger Lori Says:  

Amen, darlin'. I just had one half of a glorious day off, and I feel like I've just had the best vacation of my life. Isn't it the best? When Spring is, well, springing up everywhere, it's great to stop long enough to really enjoy it. :))

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Lori,

I totally agree. I hate it when it's beautiful outside for the first time in months, and I can't get out to enjoy it.

Even when I'm not taking time off, one of my favorite things is to take the laptop outside and working on the front porch. That way I can enjoy the weather AND get my work done. Thank goodness for laptops!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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