I just recently came back from a relaxing vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and to my surprise it taught me a lot about myself as a writer. While I knew that I needed a vacation to clear my head and recharge the battery, I was surprised that I found myself justifying the time off rather than trying to sneak away to check my email.
The first thing that it taught me is that I really needed a vacation, not a working vacation or a change of scenery. I was surprised how much more productive I have been in the past few weeks since my return, even though I thought I was working at a good pace before I left. I have even found the time to re-dedicate myself to this blog.
Above all else, the vacation made me realize why all writers and bloggers need to take a vacation from time to time. Here they are:
- You get new ideas when you step back: I experienced a flood of blog post ideas when I was away. Blogging ideas kept popping up in my head all the time.
- You have a better work flow: Taking a step back allows you to evaluate your work flow and make adjusts that will help you be more productive.
- You will experience fewer writing blocks: Ever have those moments when you cannot seem to put a sentence together? Those are few and far in between after you have come back from a vacation.
- It provides you with a fresh perspective on current and ongoing projects: It is easy to do the same thing over and over again. Taking a week off allowed me to take a look at things from a fresh perspective.
- You will be more creative: It is amazing how creative you can be when you are well rested and eager to work on projects.
- It helps you recognize and eliminate bad habits: Taking a step back allowed me to think about potential bad habits (i.e. checking email too much, letting Facebook get the best of me).
- It allows you to do things a little different: When I came back, it spurred me to change my schedule around and do things a little different. I have enjoyed every second of it so far.
- It opens your eyes up to the big picture: As a freelance writer in Toronto, it is very easy to get caught in with client projects (Guilty as charged) and mainly focus on day to day tasks rather than the big picture. Taking time off allowed me to think about the goals and objectives I want to work toward going forward.
These all benefit you as a writer. Whether you are a freelance writer, work for one or multiple companies, being a writer is a creative job and you need to give your mind some time to rest and wander.
It is amazing how creative you can be when you take the time to rest and relax everyone now and then!