I tried it, and I can say that I feel more pumped than ever to be back!
Yes, consistency is critical to achieving success on Medium.
So what am I saying here?
Well, no matter how often people say that you need to keep writing every day without stopping, you need to know that, as human beings, we need to step away every once in a while to recharge — those are called mental breaks.
This applies to every area of your life — work, parenthood, sports, studies, socializing, etc.
It would be unreasonable to think that one could work on one activity every day for months without wearing themselves out.
Besides, that should not necessarily mean that you don’t do ANYTHING during that break — you can switch it up with a different routine because what you need here is a way to refresh your mind. However, if you feel like laying down and not bother with anything, that is totally fine, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
Personally, my break from Medium, which lasted about two weeks, was not originally intentional. I started to struggle with keeping up with my studies. I am currently taking one summer class, and things began to go overboard with all the assignments and deadlines.
At first, I honestly felt incredibly guilty about it, and it caused me to stress out and lose focus when I’m studying. That slowly translated into mental exhaustion and procrastination from attempting to multitask.
I know that I love writing, and I hate falling off track. It felt like I was in some sort of competition with everyone else putting out pieces every day. I would tell myself that I’m too lazy, and I should be doing just like those people. I reached a point where I wanted to step away from this cycle of stress and build a more realistic strategy for Medium. So I figured I needed to just come to terms with the idea of taking a short break from writing and make some time for other tasks and activities.
But how could this mental break help you become a better writer?
To answer this question, let me share with you some of the things that I did during those two weeks.
1. Reading, Reading, and Reading some more!
Reading books and other people’s work on Medium has given me a boost of new ideas and opinions on various subjects. I had the opportunity to jump on some new and highly anticipated book releases such as “Too Much And Never Enough” by Mary L. Trump.
I usually do not read fiction, but there is this one book that stood out for me as Bill Gates recommended it in his top 10 favorites of the year. It’s called “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Another beneficial reading strategy for me was to go through the work of some of the most successful people on Medium and learn from them. Read and reflect on the ideas, stories, and perspectives offered by different people.
Focusing on your own work for too long can make you miss on so much outside of your bubble of thoughts.
2. Socializing and Discussing your topics of interest with others.
Whether it’s your family, your friends, or even people you happen to meet, start a conversation on anything and see how this can enlighten your mind. My favorite thing to do is talking about highly controversial or contemporary societal issues with close friends and family.
Sometimes, this could make you strengthen your point of view of things, while other times, it could make you shift your way of thinking entirely and take the other person’s perspective.
Taking a break from writing isn’t necessarily a bad idea. But again, this can vary from person to person. I know people who become lazy and end up procrastinating even more by adopting such a strategy.
The key here is to be consistent with your breaks the same way you’re consistent with your writing.
Ideally, you would want to schedule those breaks in your calendar and stick to it. That way, you won’t have a hard time getting back on track, and you”ll be less likely to stop altogether.