- Yoga for Writers explains how to do desk yoga - for writers and other desk-bound professionals.
- Another Yoga for Writers, in New York, offers a course that helps you free your writing and creativity.
- Yoga for Writers by the Zen Peacekeeper, Marianne Elliott, offers a $30 yoga course specifically for writers. She is a writer and a yoga instructor and knows the postures that writers need to practice.
- Yoga as a Therapy offers a course for writers that focus on carpal tunnel, back pain, vision, and more.
- The Yoga of Writing is probably the most-matched to what I would personally need. It offers yoga therapy workshops to help you apply the principles of yoga to the craft of writing.
And here I thought I was being original. The one I think I most need is balance in my life. I'm either focused on writing and not much else. Or focused on church and not much else. Or focused on mommy-hood and not much else. A few weeks ago, it was all about the writing. Last week, it was getting organized for church, as I am now doing something different there. Today, well, let's just say that today lacked any kind of focus. I guess I needed some down time. I watched one TV show. I played a computer game for an hour or so. I helped my son with his homework. Dinner was spaghettio's and cereal (one for each child). When I am really in the writing groove, I am tuned in, focused, and zoned out from the rest of the world. During WriteOnCon, I didn't even want to take a lunch break, or a bathroom break. That's how I get. I'm starting to think it's very unhealthy, but I think I don't know how to control it. If I could just find a way to have more balance in my life so that I can actually get into the writing zone and get something accomplished, AND be in the real world for the rest of my life, then I will finally have a good thing going. Until then, I'm stuck with my extreme highs and lows of productivity and focus. Perhaps the following tips may help me:
- Take a full-hour lunch break.
- Have a deadline. When 3:30 rolls around, no more writing (until after bedtime).
- Stretch more. Exercise more. Get up once every hour for 5 minutes. Drink a glass of water.
- Make goals and plans for other aspects of life. Write it down. Stick to it.
- SCHEDULE down-time, such as games with kids, TV (which is really rare for me, actually), outside time, exercise, etc.
- Make a to-do list each evening and prioritize ahead of time.
- Set goals and take specific actions daily to work toward them.
- Take time off between projects. Allow the down-time. (Maybe that's what today was? AND all weekend. Since I just sent out a big writing project...)
Anyway, balance is a delicate thing to manage. And for me, I believe it is mostly a balance of my time, and a bit of commitment. Now I just need to COMMIT to BALANCING my time.
How do each of you manage this?