What do I do When I’m Not Writing?
My assignment on day 11 of writing 101 is called “Writing and Not Writing.” The description of my assignment is below:
As much as we love to write, it’s important to take breaks — to live your life and have new experiences, and to reflect and recharge so you can come back to your desk, ready to hit the keyboard again. Not writing allows you to gain the distance from your words, and thus perspective, which are both needed when it’s time to edit. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Since I do not consider myself a writer, a very small percentage of my day is spent writing. What do I do when I’m not writing?
- Professor Stuff – This takes up a large chunk of time. Most people who have not taught a class have a very inaccurate idea of how much work goes into educating a human being at any age level. Between grading papers, preparing for classes, filling out paperwork, contacting students that have fallen behind, and other miscellaneous tasks, a professor can get pretty busy.
- Occasional Mindfulness Break – To make sure I don’t get too stressed out over the course of an average day, I take a 5 minute relaxation break. I listen to music, chat with friends, or meditate. Anything to help me relax and get focused again.
- Job Search – A fair amount of time is usually spent surfing various job sites for interesting job postings. Once a good position is found, more time is dedicated to making an acceptable cover letter and resume as well as following up on the application.
- Update Blog – #1 usually takes up a large percentage of the day, but I attempt to find time to update my blog occasionally.
- Health Stuff – Right now, I do not need to spend a lot of time managing health related stuff. I am referring to visits to my neurologist/epileptologist, visits to my primary care physician, getting referrals to see my specialist, managing my health insurance, making sure my prescriptions are filled on time, as well as other issues. My condition is fairly stable. In one point in my life, I did need to spend a considerable amount of time managing my health.