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 Labor
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.