As I am writing this, it has been about a week since I worked on my book. Yeah, the one I’m almost done with but still haven’t finished because I might be procrastinating on purpose? I love this story — can you blame me for not being ready for it to end?
There is nothing wrong with taking a short hiatus from something you have been working on even before you have officially finished it. It can even be healthy and good for you, allowing you some time to clear your head and the chance to return to your project with a fresh perspective.
Can I be honest with you? I hate taking breaks from my work. Even short ones.
Not because I’m addicted to my work (though I suppose that could be questionable), but because I kid you not, every single time I stop consistently working on something, all the information and brain power normally dedicated to that project stores itself away into some hidden eventually accessible pocket and all of a sudden there’s all this room for … more ideas?
And guess what happens when you make room in your brain for more ideas? MORE IDEAS COME SPRINTING AT FULL SPEED TOWARD YOU WITHOUT ANY HESITATION WHATSOEVER.
I forget this prior to every break I take, of course. I think to myself, “Oh don’t worry you’ll be just fine, let your brain rest and think about your project pressure-free.”
And then there I am, sitting at my desk clocked into my day job working on things completely unrelated to my personal creative endeavors and BOOM.
No warning, no consideration, ZERO respect. One minute I’m editing an article about Meghan Markle’s shoes and the next an idea for a novel is unraveling inside my brain and there is absolutely nothing I can do to stop it.
HI, EXCUSE ME NEW IDEA I WASN’T PREPARED FOR, CAN YOU … NOT??