Life is a balancing act. You have to balance work and play, work and family, diet and exercise and for me, at least, work and writing. Even in writing, there is a balancing act that authors do when writing fiction. It’s called tension and that is what drives the work, you balance the information you give your readers very carefully. in dieting, you need to balance your caloric intake with what you spend. In the working life, some people take their work home, which encroaches on their family life. Work and play are equally important. Too much play and the work suffers. Too much work and the play suffers, causing work to suffer. Play rejuvenates us. People who don’t play enough tend to die young.
If you are working eight hours a week, you are not playing enough. The number of heart attacks and strokes would go down, if people would just lighten up and play a bit. Playing is good. There’s a reason “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is considered a truism. It is true. Jack also runs the risk of health problem. Where’s the fun in that? nowhere, that’s where.
As far as dieting goes, too much activity is just as bad as not enough activity. Not enough activity can make you fat and prone to health issues. too much activity and you may not be able to get enough fuel to continue. Either way, you end up with health issues.
Writing is a sedentary occupation, so I have to balance it with some kind of activity like mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or just plain going for a walk. With my tablet, I can walk and write at the same time. I usually don’t, but I could. What I usually end up doing, is composing things in my head as I walk, then come back and write it down. The rough draft is mental, so to speak, because when I write it down, I inevitably change something. it works well enough. That’s the key. Find a way to combine your needs into one thing and you can do more with the time available. With writing and walking, you can do that, although you should also remain alert to what is going on around you.
Most of the time you can’t combine two activities like that. I might walk in the rain, but I wouldn’t take my tablet out in the rain. I suppose you could walk and eat at the same time, but, really, that is not recommended. I’m not entirely sure why that would be a problem, unless it could lead to issues with digestion.
So try to find a way to balance the various aspects of your life. Only you know what works for you. In the meantime, I’m still looking for what works for me.
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