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The Importance of Relaxing

I'm a workaholic.

I'm just going to get that out of the way right now. I work as much as I can, and when I'm not working I'm either thinking about working or I'm feeling bad for not working. To me, every minute not working is a minute thats not being used productively. I've gotten better about it recently, but I still feel twinges of unease whenever I'm just laying around watching television instead of sitting in front of the computer working on a book.

Danny and my friends are always telling me it's okay to relax, especially when I'm not feeling well, and they're right. Forcing myself to work nonstop often ends up with me writing something subpar that I'm just going to have to change later anyway.

For all the other people out there like me, who are obsessed with making every minute count towards your work, it really is okay to take a few days to relax and do other things. When you do go back to your work you're probably going to be more energized and ready to attack than you would be if you slugged through day in and day out.

Now, I'm not saying to quit if you hit a hard spot in your writing. Sometimes you do have to fight. Sometimes the words aren't just going to flow like water through a stream. But you don't have to ignore everything else in your life for it. Hell, sometimes doing literally anything else can help the words come easier.

So don't be afraid to take some time off. It's important to relax, to have hobbies and spend time with friends and have a life outside your work. I'm still working on that one myself.

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