PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO IN DOWN TIME

Sometimes I get restless and can't write. What activities, like the gym and cleaning, help get you going when you feel like doing something
  1. Full shutdown of electronics, then fresh air for at least 5 min. Chug 8oz of water. Then, if you're on deadline: back at it.
    Suggested by   @ameliaville
  2. Organize a section of my room and weed out stuff I don't need. It always feels good to let go of unnecessary things.
    Suggested by   @StuckOnThe7
  3. A walk
    Exercise, perspective, happiness, and often ideas you need will come to you.
    Suggested by   @bjnovak
  4. Reading something new that is outside of the genre or style you are writing.
    Suggested by   @babystevens
  5. I like to wash all my sheets, towels, linens, etc., and then remake my bed.The fresh smell of clean sheets makes me feel so much more put together 👌🏾😌
    Suggested by   @alishakurji
  6. Take a shower
    The best ideas always come to me there.
    Suggested by   @krissybell76
  7. reconnect with friends
    creative people spend a lot of time alone. this is a good opportunity to get together with people you love but neglect.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  8. Brush your teeth
    Really random, but it gives me a few minutes to step away, and is a quick pick me up. If that doesn't work, I play ostrich and bury my head in the sand (i.e. take a nap and pretend it's not happening)
    Suggested by   @bware427
  9. Call a relative
    When I have five or ten minutes I'll call my grandma or grandpa just to check in, it's always a strange and wonderful conversation that I cherish
    Suggested by   @alicewilder
  10. learn something new
    take a calligraphy class, fix something broken around the house, take up duolingo... new experiences and getting crafty will fuel your ability to innovate creatively
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  11. make a list of all the steps you have to do to get whatever is nagging at you done. break it into tiny steps.
    studies show handwriting such a list and truly evaluating the steps it takes to complete a project is linked to the actual completion. you mentally prepare yourself for the process rather than being overwhelmed by the cumulative outcome.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  12. clean your workspace
    make it somewhere you want to sit and spend time. dress it up with a new houseplant or flowers to remind you that you actually do love what you do and it is a gift to yourself to be able to do it.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  13. do something else creative
    it's like jump starting a car. dust off an analog camera, write a short story, draw an imaginary plant in pseudo-scientific detail. it'll trick your brain into idea mode.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  14. Chop wood carry water.
    Suggested by   @Alphonse