I’m planning to make a weekly post to update you on the week that was and the week ahead, with a focus on writing. I hope this will keep me focused and accountable.
My writing this week:
- My weekly Mind Over Money column for Sun Herald and The Sunday Age: This week’s column is on how money changes your brain, behaviour and beliefs.
- My fortnightly column for Sydney Morning Herald and The Age about our lives at work: This week’s column was on the concept of “deliberate rest” and what we get wrong about work-life balance.
- First blog post for “Words and Worlds” caitlinfitzsimmons.blog.
What I learned:
- Writing the column about deliberate rest has made me think a lot about how to incorporate writing into my routine, but also making time for the activities that recharge me. It’s beyond sleep and exercise – I need walks where I can let my mind wander, time in nature, and deep play. I’m going to think about my schedule more deeply over the weekend.
- My deliberate rest this week included a singing lesson, bushwalking with my family, a workout at the gym, singing in the Welcome Choir, and seeing a play at Belvoir St Theatre. Also generally better discipline about going to bed on time – the previous week I had been gorging myself on a TV series, but that’s over now.
My focus next week:
- Working on a podcast pilot at work.
- Writing the final draft (hopefully) of a feature for Good Weekend.
- My Mind Over Money column.
- Getting up and 6am every day and doing free writing and exercises themed on my novel to get myself immersed in the world and the characters.
- Taking my broken computer with the draft of my novel to see if the data can be retrieved. I do have backups but I think they’re old.
My treat for you:
Word of the day:
- Smoothole: A gap designed in a drystone wall to allow free passage of some creatures (eg. hares) and not others (eg. sheep). (Credit: @RobGMacfarlane on Twitter).