You Need Blank Space

And no, not the Taylor Swift version. In life, I strongly believe that if you want to be really productive and creative, you need empty pockets of time where you do absolutely nothing in order to recharge your batteries.

I have made the mistake of trying too hard and pushing myself so much that I completely burned myself out and lost any spark of creativity and inspiration. It also affected me physically- I was exhausted and cranky all the time (although my boyfriend tells me I’m a generally cranky person anyway).

I didn’t find joy in the stuff I used to find fun anymore. Everything felt like a chore, including writing, which I love. I wanted to sleep all the time. I was angry at little things. Simple tasks seemed like monumental challenges.

And so, I took some time off. I took a little time off the blog too, which explains a bit my lack of posting at the beginning of the year. And after my time off, I feel so much better. There are so many things I want to write about. There are so many projects – both professionally and personally, that I want to tackle and dive headfirst into. And I strongly believe that the reason why I feel this way, why I feel inspired to create again, is because I took the time off to do absolutely nothing.

So if you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed, take a break. Cancel your plans this weekend. Spend a single day doing absolutely only what you want to do. Forget about your obligations, your tasks, the naggy little chores. Spend one damn day on yourself, and you’ll end up feeling so much more recharged.

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Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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