Today, my plan was to write another Christmas related post, sharing products that I recommend to others. I decided at 3pm that I wasn’t going to do that. In fact, I nearly wasn’t going to write another article.
In the end, I decided to do this one, to share why sometimes you do just need to take an unplanned day off from writing. Even just a few hours to yourself is good.
Here’s why I’m doing it.
I Need to Love What I Do
Loving my job is the whole reason I work from home. Well, it’s one of the reasons I work from home. It’s the reason I put up with difficult clients and low return at times.
I need to keep loving what I do, and there are times that I don’t. There are times that I look at a plan and really wish I didn’t have to go through with it.
In this case, it was a project that I could move to another day. The post was going to be for Daily Two Cents, where I have control over the topics that I write. If it was a client, it may have been a little different depending on my feelings, the client and the deadline.
If I don’t love what I do, I’ll start to resent the work. I don’t want that to happen, so I prefer to take an unplanned day or couple of hours off.
I Don’t Want to Suffer From Burnout
Burnout for a writer is bad. It happens, too. No matter how much you say it will never happen to you or it hasn’t in the past, it will. There’s no getting around it.
The majority of the time that it happens to me is when I don’t take a day off during the week. Deadlines, breaking news or my husband and daughter being away have often led to me working extra. I’m a self-confessed workaholic.
But I don’t want to suffer from burnout. And I know from the past that too much work leads to that.
If I get the feeling that I don’t want to do something, I’ll listen to my head. I’ll find out why it doesn’t want to do the work.
Is it a topic that I had no interest in? Am I just looking for a reason to procrastinate?
In this case, it was a topic that I wasn’t interested in. I wanted to write about something else, and had the ability to do that. So, I took an unplanned couple of hours off from writing and got my head around what I actually wanted to do.
I Want to Offer You the Best Topics
Constantly covering Christmas gift ideas could be great for my income—if people buy through my affiliate links—but it’s not going to necessarily serve you. You deserve great content that is on a topic you’ve come here to read.
If you follow me elsewhere, you’ll notice that I write a lot about blogging and writing tips. That’s because it’s an area I’m an expert in; I do it for a living, duh!
I want to offer you the best topics possible. That sometimes means rethinking my diary or my day. It can take me longer to rethink the topics I’m writing about, so that leads to an unplanned day off from writing. In this case, it was just a couple of hours as I thought of something that would serve you well.
I Want to Spend Time With Family
Okay, so the main reason I work from home is to spend time with my daughter. I get the best of both worlds; bringing in money and raising a child at the same time.
I want to be able to spend time with my family, and sometimes that means rethinking my options. At 3pm I decided I didn’t want to do the topic. I actually went to pick my daughter up from nursery early and we sat down and played for an hour once home. She splashed in puddles in the driveway where I parked the car and I just let her be a kid in the rain for a bit.
This put a smile on my face. I could feel more at ease not thinking about all the stuff that I could be getting on with. And I know she’s going to remember the time she got to spend with me rather than the money I made writing articles.
Those were four of my reasons for taking some unplanned time off today and changing my writing topic. They could be great reasons for you. You don’t have to take a whole day off, but maybe just a few hours. Or just change when you would usually write. I may get up a little earlier tomorrow so I can get the topic from today written or get something else done. I may also decide that the topic can wait another few days.
Take time off. Spend it with your family and avoid writer burnout. You’ll benefit from it in the long run. Honest!
I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it.