A Little Motherly Writing Advice

| July 20, 2009 | 5 Comments

I would be remiss if I were to constantly encourage writers to build a steam of residual income without also encouraging writers to commit to making healthy choices. The reason for the double commitment (residual income & health) is because they compliment each other.

Finding a Balance

It is extremely easy to become so focused on writing and creating residual income that you forget to get up from the computer screen to stretch, go for a walk or take the time to cook a healthy meal. Many times writers who are hell bent on creating  large

residual income streams wind up spending every available free moment at the computer writing, editing, searching for new writing gigs, charting progress or helping other writers become successful.

Spending an inordinate amount of time at the computer gains finger strength and dexterity, but wreaks havoc on the eyes (well at least at my age it does), hips, back (depending on your writing posture), muscle tone and aerobic endurance. Additionally, grabbing a quick bite in order to continue writing often means eating something that is not nutritionally balanced. Believe me; I understand the near obsession to write in order to create income.

Enjoying the Fruits of Your LaborA little exercise

What good is building a future income stream when you have managed to allow your health to deteriorate to the point where you won’t truly be able to enjoy your new found wealth? Why earn the extra money to be able to take the kids rock climbing when all you can do is sit and watch because you’re too out of shape and tired to join them?

Think of the Long Term Benefits

Sometimes you might have to burn the midnight oil in order to achieve your next income level, but don’t sacrifice your health for financial wealth. After all, residual income has a long tail. Don’t cut your residual income earnings short by neglecting your health. The healthier you are the longer you’ll be around to enjoy your earnings.

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Category: Freelance, Motivation, Self Employed, Working from Home, Writing

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she’s not writing or commenting on NJFM, she’s either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. Lissie says:

    Oh yeah – the name of my blog – “passive income” has become unintended joke! Get up, login, have breakfast over the laptop, get to work and look up and decide if I don’t have a shower and get dressed it will be lunchtime- and I refuse to have lunch in my PJ’s I have standards! Luckily my partner and I are competitive ballroom dancers – so we are out most nights dancing – you have to have something you like doing to get off your backside.
    This is truly one of the most addictive activities and yes being inactive for 12+ hours day is probably bad for you LOL
    .-= Lissie´s last blog ..eBay Rule Change Leaves Blogger, HubPages, Squidoo Out in the Cold =-.

  2. Felicia says:

    Jessie, it must be doubly tough on you. I pray for your hubby’s safe return.

    Every once in a while there is a drawback to working from home. There is no quitting time. You’re going to have to rely on friends and family to call or drop by to make sure you take a break.

    If you don’t have a dog, now might be a good time to get one or borrow one. They have an uncanny way of knowing when you need to take a break. It can help you maintain some level of balance until your husband gets back home.

  3. Thanks Felicia, and Melissa, for sharing these tidbits. I struggle with these things compounded because of my husband’s deployment. He is the one that usually makes me take a break. With him gone for a year, I may not stop working for days at a time. I have to struggle to keep a balance.

  4. Felicia says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey Melissa.

    I hope new writers take heed. It’s very easy to become so focused on writing and earnings at the expense of exercise and good eating habits.

    I’m happy to hear that your health and your earnings are improving.

  5. Melissa says:

    This is so true and hopefully many will take heed! I began in 2007 with writing and websites and basically worked 24/7 until two months ago. Can you say burn out? I gained 30 pounds (also quit smoking which packed on the pounds), I spent a large amount of money at the chiropractor, I was always in pain, my husband asked if he was ever going to get his wife back, etc, etc. In February I did make myself start walking on the treadmill several times a day but it wasn’t until the end of May that I stopped. Not completely of course as money still has to be made but I am watching what I eat, exercising, doing things with my husband, watching a movie without the computer on, my back pain has lessened. I have to say it is an addiction and is not easy to break but it is worth it. I am more rested, I feel better, and to top it all, my articles and websites (and earnings!) are much much better!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Etsy =-.

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