Before I became a mother, and before I got deeper into publishing, I had this tendency to brag about pulling all-nighters. Yep, I was #TeamNoSleep! I don’t know why I thought this was such a great thing. I mean, right now I’d do anything for all the sleep I lost way before it used to get interrupted by screaming kids. Not only that, but the dark circles around my eyes prove that maybe I should have considered sleeping more than trying to be cool. Ha!
I remember when I used take naps during the day if I was extremely tired, and after taking a 3-hour nap, I was up all night again, doing that same vicious cycle. It wasn’t healthy at all for me, and especially not for my body.
After having my first kid, all of that changed (and for all the moms out there, I’m sure you can relate!) I cherish my sleep now. Yes, I’m still an avid reader and I write at least 5 books a year, on top of many blog posts and newsletters, but sleep is essential to me. And a lot of people might ask, well Shanora, how in the hell do you even get the time to sleep with all you have going on?
Trust me, it took a lot of organization, planning, and I am in love with this new thing called BATCH PLANNING. I dedicate days to certain tasks now and I’m wishing I’d known about this method before because it’s so simple.
If I have to write newsletters, I write at least 5 newsletters up ahead of time. If I have to write up posts for my Facebook Group or Instagram, I write those up ahead of time too, and choose which images and pictures I’m going to use for the post. This method allows me to sleep. I get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and that is all I need to feel like a human the next day. When I used to work like a robot, sleep all day, and be up all night, I was not happy. I was tired and sluggish and…blech! But now, I feel much more alive and like I’m actually getting things done.
Many of my followers are readers to an extent. You read my blog posts, or my books, or even my Instagram captions. When it comes to readers—especially avid ones—we tend to skip out on sleep to savor a novel or surf out feeds. Same goes for authors—we get so caught up in a story that we forget to sleep. And trust me, I know it’s hard when you’re in so deep you feel like you can’t come up for air (aren’t those the best type of stories?) but, queens. You must get rest! Readers, how are you going to keep reading these amazing stories with a foggy brain? Writers, how are you going to keep creating unique, fresh content, when your mind has been working overtime and all your words sound the same? Your mind needs rest just as much as your body does.
Fill up your cup, breathe, SLEEP, take care of YOU, and then go slay your to-do lists, word count goals, and your TBR list!
On average, how many hours of sleep do you get a night? Let me know in the comments!