Journal Thrive

Non-Writing Tasks As A Break From Writing

What are some non-writing tasks that you do when taking a break from writing? Again, I have a list of things that need to be done for just such moments. All of them are short tasks, so they don’t drag me down a rabbit hole and make it difficult to get back to writing.

Non-Writing Tasks As A Break From Writing

  • Clean my desk: I am continually amazed at how quickly my workspace gets dusty. This also involved putting away pens, books, and other things that somehow start to accumulate.
  • Update my bullet journal: If nothing else, it will tell me what non-writing tasks I’ve forgotten about in the name of making word count. It’s why I keep it as an external brain.
  • Update my white board: Adding tasks and notes, crossing off items that have been completed, and altering the status of things that are pending.
  • Check messages: Email, direct messages, and such only take a few minutes to read and respond to. If I can do this throughout the day, it beats doing a ton of it all at once in a block.
  • Do a crossword puzzle: I spend 10 to 15 minutes per day doing a crossword puzzle. Supposedly it helps to keep me sharp. I think there’s something to that, because I feel I’m able to regain focus.
  • Household chores: Folding laundry, doing dishes, or chopping things to prep for dinner gets me away from my desk, but also allows me space to think. I can spend a few minutes accomplishing something, but can still easily slip back into writing afterward.

The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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