So I launched my new book “Love-Based Copywriting — How to Write Copy that Attracts, Inspires and Invites Your Ideal Prospects to Become Ideal Clients.”
As you can imagine, I’m feeling pretty wrung out and spent right now. (Even taking out the emotional reaction to the amazing support and love.)
And that got me thinking about something I’ve talked about before — how writer’s write and non-writer’s have excuses for not writing, and how can you tell the difference between when you should be writing (even if you don’t feel like it) and when you should be taking a break.
And one thing that popped into my head is an exercise my friend Christine Arylo teaches (in fact, you can hear her talk about it in more detail on my PW Unplugged episode right here) but in a nutshell this is how it goes.
Close your eyes. Imagine your “energy” tank. Now imagine putting a dipstick into your that tank. Pull the dipstick out and look at it. What number, between 0 and 100, pops into your head?
You should always be working off a surplus of energy, not your reserves. (Your reserves are what you need to stay alive and if you start using your reserves to get things done like working too hard or writing or creating, or simply over-giving to everyone but yourself, you can end up making yourself really sick. Overdoing from your energy reserves is how adrenal burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome and other health issues start to happen.)
So if the number that pops into your head (don’t over think this, just what’s the first number that pops into your head — that IS the right number) is between 75 and 100, you are in great shape. And if you’re procrastinating on your writing project, time to plunk your tushy down and get something written.
If it’s between 50-74, then you probably do need to do some self-care — so ask yourself what you need to fill up your tank. But do NOT let yourself off the hook here, yes go fill up your tank, but yes writing is in order as well.
Below 49, definitely self-care is a priority, and if you are chronically below 49 that may be why you struggle to write and create. So taking some time to take care of YOU first may be exactly what you need before you can start hearing the muse again.
I know for myself right at this moment I need to step away and fill up the tank a bit before I get started on book #2, so that’s what I’m going to be focused on over the next week or so.
I’d love to hear from you if you try this exercise — let me know if you found it helpful or not. Just leave a comment below and let’s chat about it.
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