Do one thing for yourself.
When your diary is particularly packed it can be easy to go weeks without realising that you haven't taken a moment for yourself just to do something
that pleases you; whether that's painting your nails, going for a run, picking up a book. So choose whatever activity it is that slaps a smile across you face and aim to do it whenever you can. For me that's reading - particularly when on a train or plane. I bought a couple of new books to get me in the mood and allowed myself the time to actually read them. Heck, I even finished three! Whenever I felt bad for reading and that I should be spending the time writing/editing/replying to emails, I took one look at my iCal that had begun to look like a game of Tetris and reminded myself that I was pretty darn busy and needed a moment to chill the 'F' out. I highly recommend that you do the same (and read Sally Rooney's 'Conversations With Friends'*
Balance the scales.
If you're finding yourself doing something particularly mentally or psychically hardcore at work at a particular time of day, be sure to at least try to balance it out with some downtime. For example, I'm a big lover of early mornings. Love 'em. However book signings have the tendency to go late into the evening (sometimes past 10pm because I just CANNOT STOP TALKING - sorry event organisers!), so when coupled with a 6am alarm, it wasn't exactly the best equation. So instead I pushed my alarm back a bit in the mornings and took them easy, working from bed and taking it slow. Saving all my energy for the evenings and accepting that I didn't have to have the most productive day in the world, when I was going to be having a pretty full-on evening instead.
Beak the rules.
I mentioned it above, but let me just put out there that I NEVER usually work from bed, unless I'm ill. In fact the last time when I worked from bed was when I had a tooth infection and became addicted to sucking on frozen peas. Nice. However
, if you're got a prolonged period of busy-ness, then I'm down for breaking the rules a little. Play around with your bedtime and wake-ups, let go of the routine a little and if things start falling by the wayside (sidetone: I went to just five Reformer Pilates sessions during January), then as long as you're still relatively chirpy and keeping your stress-levels low then bend them as much as you need to.
'AN EDITED LIFE BOOK TOUR
A huge thank you to everyone who has made it out to AEL book signing so far. They have honestly been some of the best evenings of my life (as cheesy as that sounds, but it's true!). Here's an updated list of upcoming book signing dates. SEE YOU SOON!
4th February - Indigo TORONTO - FIND THE INFO HERE
16th February - Habitat LONDON - SOLD OUT!
20th February - American Book Centre AMSTERDAM - TICKETS HERE
28th February - Habitat BRIGHTON - TICKETS HERE
13th March - Waterstones CANTERBURY - TICKETS HERE
14th March - Aye Write Festival GLASGOW - TICKETS HERE
15th March - Blackwell's EDINBURGH - TICKETS HERE
16th March - Waterstones NEWCASTLE - TICKETS HERE
18th March - Blackwell's MANCHESTER - SOLD OUT! (more tickets released soon - hopefully!)