Wiped out. Wrung out. Punked out. Burned out. Pick any of these and you’ll have a pretty accurate description of how I’m feeling right now. I’ve been putting in some intense hours revising my YA novel over the past few weeks and I haven’t been taking much time off.
I’m beginning to feel in need of a break. You know the feeling, I’m sure. While I feel good about the progress I’m making, I’m also feeling just a tad squeezed-dry and unjuicy. So, even though I’m and eager to finish, I’ve decided to take this weekend off, just as I usually do. But I’m making an effort to get out and about instead of hibernating.
A friend of mine and I are going to lunch, which should be a treat. Our usual MO is to hit a Cuban restaurant where we eat tapas and drink Mojitos. But we like to sit outside and it’s going to snow, so I guess we’ll go for something tamer. Still, a real lunch sounds appealing. For the past few days, I’ve been grabbing a salad and scarfing it down.
Then there’s a museum show in NYC on Charles Dickens featuring stories, photos, and manuscript pages. Since I’m a huge Dickens fan, I might tap into my energy source and see if I have enough gas to high-tail it into the city.
As you can see, my weekend MO is a bit of socializing and museuming. When I’m working intensely, I often find that taking a total break for a few days is really energizing and motivating. Does this work for you?