One day each workweek, I take a writing day.
Yes, I am in the office, but I have nothing officially scheduled for that day. No zoom sessions, no networking meetings, no client calls, nothing on the calendar.
And if you know me and the pace I keep, that’s dramatic. As in opposite of what I maintain the other 4 days a week.
Just a day for reflection, observation, and composition.
That day of the week varies, so don’t feel like phone calling me or emailing me will interrupt my writing day workflow. You will not know what day of the week it falls on, and I will answer you right away if warranted, or advise you that I will get back to you tomorrow, if it can hold. I’ll be there…
It’s how I stack up and tackle my work: upcoming blog posts such as this, proposals, following up on referrals, making Linkedin introductions to kindred spirits, amassing random ideas to be deposited in a file on my hard drive to be used later, like an artist’s sketchbook.
But it’s also a day for me to compose slide decks for upcoming presentations, outline podcast discussions with the host, cook up collaborative ideas with colleagues–any of a number of idea-creation tasks that need deeper evaluation and no interruption.
I stack the stones in a neat pile, balancing them ever so gingerly to create a new design in my life.
I might even review my LinkedIn profile for possible tweaks when I am in that “how am I morphing and have I expressed that in my branding there” frame of mind.
Once a week, I suggest you take a timeout, regenerate your mental jets with contemplative thinking and you may be amazed at what you develop for your future mental and entrepreneurial well-being. Perhaps not for an entire day but for a segregated period of time that you adhere to.
So I ask you, and hope you will answer with more than a “like”: do you take a scheduled breather and settle back? What do you do to reflect and develop yourself?