13 steps to stop overworking and start writing

The mental drain of too many tasks will disrupt your creative flow. Get ample sleep, step away from the computer for a refreshing stroll, and, for Pete’s sake, have some fun.

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Are you feeling overworked?

You may have this feeling about writing itself. Perhaps your day job is squeezing you so hard that you don’t have time to fit in any writing around the edges.

Many of us are working longer hours than any time since statistics have been kept. In her book “The Overworked American,” author Juliet Schor revealed that in 1990, Americans worked an average of one month per year more than they had in 1970.

That statistic may reveal the scale of overwork, but let’s dive deeper into the definition. In a 2001 study titled Feeling Overworked. When Work Becomes Too Much, author Ellen Galinsky and her partners defined overwork as “a psychological state that has the potential to affect attitudes, behavior, social relationships, and health both on and off the job.”

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