Giving our time to our loved ones and ourselves

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The other day I talked about giving time, but it was not a lecture for anyone, but more of an observation as to how some do and some don’t. I work hard on my business mainly because I enjoy it and get real satisfaction from having satisfied clients. I enjoy nearly very aspect.

I do think it is important to have family time, though, and to have a bit of fun, even if it is watching favourite TV programmes with my wife. I wouldn’t criticise others who don’t believe in watching TV, and surprisingly in 2011 I still know several who think it is a waste of time. They are entitled to their opinion. I like to use television as another source of learning, and even some TV fiction can be quite educational in addition to being relaxing. I can’t stand soaps, though.

Now and again it is important to relax the mind with a bit of recreation, so I read some fiction too. I think we need to step outside ourselves just a little, and into someone else’s shoes, to listen to their story. Anyway, I am not the only one who thinks we writers need to train with the best , many of whom write published fiction.

I think better and believe I write better when I remember to take time away from the computer. Surely I am not alone in that? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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Comments

  1. I really like this post. Kicking back and relaxing is the essential balance to working hard – I don’t think you can fully achieve one without the other.

    Recreation time – whether watching tv, reading good fiction, going for a walk – I’m lucky to be near some great fells and dales – can be a great source of inspiration and energy when back at the work desk.

  2. Thanks, for your kind comments, Tom.

    I generally get most inspiration when out walking, whether concerning business issues, writing or otherwise coming back with my mind refreshed helps me work more quickly and get things done faster than if I had sat at my desk the whole time. Relaxation of any sort is important to keep us fresh.

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