If you've ever read an article on how to save money, you've probably come across this common investment advice: "pay yourself first."
Work, household, family, writing...every day you have an array of "accounts" on which to spend your life energy. What choices have you been making?
Are you paying yourself first?
In my life coaching practice, I've found that as writers learn to prioritize their personal well-being, they begin to enjoy more focus and energy when they write. (Our actions off-the-page affect our efforts when we write.)
As clients begin to "pay themselves first," their lives become a bit more balanced. They begin to feel more empowered, more optimistic. On track. These positive effects creates a sense of momentum and possibility, creating ideal conditions for making further changes.
"Paying yourself first" doesn't have to be time-consuming or complicated, even. Simply,
- Choose a self-caring act, and do it every day.
- Do it mindfully, with explicit intention. ("Today I am investing in my own well-being.")
Can 5-10 minutes of intentional self-care really make a difference, you might ask? Try it for yourself and see.
Here are a few very simple ideas to get you started.
- Jot down a quick list of "5 Things I'm Grateful For"
- Perform a 5-minute round of calisthenics
- Fill a page with notes, quotes or sketches related to your big-picture goals or dreams
- Sit quietly for 5 breaths before logging onto the computer or beginning to read the morning paper
- Straighten the house before bed
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