Writing Rituals: Managing Life Outside Work

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Do you ever feel too busy to write?

It’s easy in today’s world to feel pulled in many different directions and to second-guess if what you are doing in the moment is really the best thing to be doing right then.

It’s easiest to be productive when you are also well-supported. The following rituals for writers are concerned with the act of living. They’re designed to nourish and re-energize you when you’re not writing.

The Morning Routine

Not everyone will want a morning routine. Some people are great at jumping out of bed and straight into their daily intentions. But if you need some time to wake up and get going in the morning, that’s okay too.

In fact, many productivity experts advise starting your work day by tackling the most challenging or important task on your to-do list. You may have heard the Mark Twain quote about eating the frog: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

By getting something out of the way early, you clear it from your plate for the rest of your day. This is great advice for all writers.

Hearing those words, you probably aren’t thinking about setting up a supportive routine that focuses on self-care. But what if you assumed that taking care of yourself is the most important thing you could do today, and started with that?

This is the foundation of the morning routine.

After practicing and shaping my own morning routine for the past few years, I have developed a few notions about what a healthy one looks like.

A good morning routine should:

  1. Fulfill your daily self-care needs (hydration, hygiene, breakfast, exercise)

  2. Encourage good, small habits, often tied to organization and cleanliness (brushing your teeth, making the bed, doing dishes, tidying your workspace)

  3. Sustain personal growth (reading, meditation, journaling, prayer, studying, setting goals, reviewing daily schedule)

  4. Transition to productivity and an energized work day (especially when supplemented with a pre-work routine)

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This article is part of the Writing Rituals series.

Series Table of Contents:

  1. Writing Rituals: How Writers Can Use Rituals to Create Intention
  2. Writing Rituals: Pre-Work Rituals for Writers
  3. Writing Rituals: Managing Life Outside Work (This Article)
  4. Writing Rituals: Getting Inspired

Kitty Navias

As a freelance and fiction writer, blogger, musician, photographer, self-development and journaling coach, and co-host of the Anywhereist Podcast, Kitty Navias calls herself a “kit of all trades.” This year, she’s starting a new series on ADHD Productivity. Find out more at kittynavias.com.

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