7 responses to “Time out: why writers need to unplug on the weekends”

  1. Corinne McKay

    Thanks for the great post, Michelle! Here in Colorado we are also fortunate to have quick and easy access to beautiful places that are great antidotes to days in front of the screen. Our family also grows a lot of our own food, both in our own garden and through a community urban farming program that we belong to. I love this because as you said it’s the antithesis of what I do for work (which I also love!); physical, outdoors and it really clears my head. I also think it’s important to have vacations be vacations, not a chance to work from another place. We went to Baja for 2 weeks in the winter and I didn’t check phone messages or e-mail the entire time. My business didn’t suffer and I was actually excited to get back to work at the end.

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  3. jillsommer

    Writers aren’t the only ones! Corinne and I are both freelance translators. I try to take weekends off from the computer (and shutting the office door) as much as possible and have been trying to train my clients that a weekend is a weekend, something that has been quite difficult to make them understand. Most employees have the weekends off, so I don’t understand why clients can’t seem to understand why we need weekends off as well. It seems as if translation agencies view the weekend as “just another work day” and my busiest day of the week e-mail and phone call-wise is Friday (usually after noon) with jobs that are due by Monday AM. Sorry! After working at top speed during the week I need some time to recuperate and recharge my batteries. I like kayaking on Lake Erie or going to the dog park with my dog – or even reading a good book on my balcony.

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  5. Paula Berinstein

    Oh boy, did you hit this one on the head, Michelle! I readily admit that I feel so much tension and anxiety from this “always on” feeling that it gets overwhelming. This weekend I took some time to unwind by playing videogames and working on my crochet project. By Sunday night, I was mellow. It’s 9:00 am Monday, and I feel like a tightly wound spring already. Yikes!

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