Bring Joy Back to Your Life
In this article, I want to talk about how to bring joy back to your life.
I'm a writer and a small business owner. I want to bring joy back to my life. The biggest headache in my life is marketing. I spend way too much time on it. Social media is a time drain, even though it is a necessary evil.
But, I'm doing it all wrong. I scour the internet for the next best plan to market my book or teach me how to use social media better, only to find out, it really doesn't work much unless you're a part of a big machine, have backers, lots of money, etc.
I realized the joy was being sucked out of the thing I love the most. My writing. So, I'm done. Oh, I still use social media, but at my pace, my way.
I want my joy back!
How am I doing it? Here's how.
1. SLOW DOWN!
3 days a week plan: Up at 6:00 am, breakfast with my hubby, do a little necessary housework, by 8:30 am I am doing social media. Schedule posts, write a blog, do my shoutouts, etc. By 9:30 I am writing. Noon, lunch with my guy, watch a TV show for an hour, back to writing until 4:30 to watch Jeopardy with my husband. The evening is for us. I seldom do social media in the evening. I know, I know, most people are most active in the evening, but not me. I make myself slow down. This routine is solid 3 days a week. The other days are flexible and are for other things, like bowling, shopping, out to eat. If I find time to write, I write. If I find time to do social media, then I do. But mostly, the other days are for whatever I want to do. I find the 3 day a week thing works like a part-time job. I love it.
You can't get anything accomplished if you don't focus 100% on it. Choose a particular task and stick to that one thing. If you are writing, then stay on task. If you are painting, doing crafts, creating what you love, use that time only for what you love. Let the people in your life know that's 'your time'. Being focused will calm you. You don't have to worry about anything else except that particular task.
Don't multi-task. Don't be distracted by social media. Turn off your notifications in order to stay on task. Shut your office door. Put a sign out that says DO NOT DISTURB. Carve out the time for your task and stick to it. You will be surprised at how much more you can accomplish!
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“Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”
― Doug King
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