I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discovered the internet at age 12, when I would go to my aunt’s house and use her dial-up modem to access AOL (yes, dial-up; I know you remember! That sound still rings in my ears).
I’ve always been thrilled with the prospect of being connected to people all over the world, as well as having access to vast resources for learning and communication.
These days, I have the added task of managing my freelance writing business online. Emailing prospects, invoicing clients, and the actual writing itself keeps me glued to my computer on a regular basis. I have to remind myself of the importance of unplugging, going outside, and spending time in the offline world.
The Benefits of Unplugging from Your Freelance Business
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”~Vincent van Gogh
It takes little effort to lose oneself in the business of freelance writing when you’re writing to clients, reading blogs, writing blogs, finding prospects, catching up on social media, and doing whatever else you do to keep your writing business going.
If ever you find yourself burned out and lacking inspiration, perhaps it’s only your mind telling you to get back to doing the things you love.
Start riding your bike again, take up painting, or start that scrap book you keep putting off. Inspiration can easily be found in doing the things you love, and that passion will show in your work.
Sure you know that sitting around all day isn’t good for you, but did you know that sitting for long periods regularly can bring about serious illness?
The Mayo Clinic reports that sitting for long periods of time can be linked to health concerns such as obesity and metabolic syndrome. Dr. James A. Levine states in the article, What are the risks of sitting too much?
Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Did you know that “just” sitting could a contributing factor to so many serious illnesses?
As if the above wasn’t enough, long periods of sitting can also put strain on your back, wearing down your spine’s natural cartilage over time. Not that you needed an additional reason to exercise regularly, but this one is pretty compelling. Even taking a 20 minute walk every other day can do your body a lot of good.
Collaboration and Feedback
As freelance writers, we tend to stay in our own heads a lot. But you know the old saying: two heads are better than one. A lunch date with friends or colleagues is a great opportunity to get feedback on your ideas. Sometimes all you need is another opinion or pair of eyes to help put things in perspective.
Catch Up On T.V
I know that watching T.V gets a bad rap, but there really are some great shows on television these days. Not only do I take time to enjoy certain shows, but often I can get an idea or two for future blog posts this way. One of my first blog posts was based on a Justin Bieber appearance at an awards show, which turned out to be a great study in marketing.
Although it seems that our 21st century world is constantly plugged in, regularly taking time to unplug, rejuvenate, and relax is a great habit to get into. Not only do you benefit, but your business will too.
What Do You Do When You Unplug from Your Freelance Writing Business?
DO YOU ever unplug? If so, how often? If not, why not?
About the Author: Tiffany Howard is a freelance writer whose work includes articles, press releases, blog posts, eBooks, white papers, special reports, and sales copy, and her concentrations include science and nature, real estate, travel, and nutrition and wellness. When she is not at the beach or playing tag with her little one, she can be found blogging about online marketing and social media. Connect with her on Twitter @THowardWriter.
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