They say to be successful you only need to do one thing, “butt in chair and write.” While that’s good advice in theory, I don’t think it’s always the best advice.
Butt Out of Your Chair
I’ve been reading obsessively about how bad sitting is for us and I’ve been researching standing desks for exactly that reason. I’ve also been paying more attention to how often I get out of my chair during the day. I haven’t started tracking it yet, but from what I can tell it’s a lot. Close to, or even more than, once an hour. It’s easy for me to take those breaks because I’m a huge water drinker so I’m constantly up and down to refill my glass or take a bathroom break.
Putting your butt in your chair to write is the first step, but keeping it there for hours at a time might actually be detrimental to your goals. Every time I am forced to get up from my desk to refill my water, open a window or dig my dog’s head out of Beth’s garbage I find myself a tad more refreshed when I get back in. I also find that sometimes taking those trips and drifting around the office for a few extra seconds or minutes helps me think. Sometimes it is that little trip that helps me find the answers to the questions I was struggling with or the perfect fix for a manuscript I’m editing.
So get your butt in that chair, but don’t forget to take it out, at least once an hour. It will be good for your health and your creativity.