Are you an expert multi-tasker? Stop whatever you are doing NOW and think about this question. Trying to get everything done, as in 1, 2, 3, can push you in too many directions. Are you eating the right meals, getting at least eight hours of sleep (not the toss and turn kind) each night? Do you have to introduce yourself to your family?

Maybe you are a person who can only acknowledge yourself by the items on your long to-do-list. This makes you feel important; even more important if other areas of your life are in a mess. Then you get stressed out and focus on problems, not solutions.

Stop. Breathe. You do have choices and you can control your life. No, maybe not what happens, but how you react to things you call emergencies. Think about time; there are only 24 hours in one day and you need family time, friend time, work time, and sleep time. If you don’t take care of yourself, all your precious lists will not work.

Learn to say “no.” For a lot of us, this is not in our vocabulary, but we need to learn the word and the meaning. Think about all the people you know and when a project needs help, who do they ask? The busiest person. Check your calendar and offer assistance, only if it fits into your schedule. Be honest and ask to do something at a later date.

Pressure. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Give yourself a break. You do not have to write the whole article at one time. But, if you find yourself on a “roll,” then go for it. Sometimes our writer minds do not have a turn-off valve, and when characters are romping through our head….we must let them fill the pages.

Free time and you do not know what to do. You are used to going, going, going; pushing, pushing, pushing, and when you have silence and space you are lost. Call a friend. Meet another writer for coffee. Watch a funny television program with the family and laugh. Or, grab the book you’ve wanted to read for a long time. Get caught up in someone else’s story.

Give yourself permission to relax and you will find more energy, feel better and notice the difference in your writing. We all need a RE-BOOT every now and then.

Take yours now, and enjoy your life.