Before starting my blog, I’d spent 5 years working as a freelance translator.
When I was first starting and getting new clients, I used to work 12, 13, 16 hours a day.
I even worked 25 hours straight once.
During those 25 hours, I typed, ate sandwiches in front of my laptop, typed, and of course, didn’t sleep a single minute because you can’t sleep while you’re typing (or at least I can’t).
0/10 not recommended, wouldn’t do it again.
Even thought I didn’t keep up with that rythym for more than a year and a half, I still continued translating, which involves a lot of typing.
Then I started my blog which, guess what, requires a lot of typing. I’ve written dozens of articles. Most of them are +2,000 words long. In order to produce a 2,000-words long article, you need to write much more than that and then trim until you’re left with the best words and sentences you’ve written there.
Long story short, I’ve spent countless hours typing. I’ve pressed my laptop’s keys thousands of times a day.
I’ve not only spent countless hours typing, but I’ve also been doing it without minding my posture and without investing in a good desk, ergonomic chair, and good mouse/keyboard combo. On top of that, I usually type using my middle and index fingers only.
Last week, my body finally ringed the alarm: My hands, wrists and arms started hurting like hell the second I started typing. At first I ignored it because I needed to get a bunch of things done. But then the pain become unignorable.
I got scared.
Just thinking about the possibility of having to take a break from work and not being able to reach my goals for the week freaked me out.
Then came a shocking and scary realization: “Why would my blogging goals matter if I’m not healthy enough to enjoy the sweet fruits of my hard work?”
I told myself I needed a break asap. I needed to give my body a rest.
It wasn’t easy. Taking an involuntary break from work left me with a lot of time in my hands I didn’t know how to use.
Taking time off made me realized many things that gave me tons of new ideas to create content for you.
It’s crazy what getting away from the computer can do to your creativity. I’m almost ready to come back with more content that helps you find your way and build a life you’re proud of.
It still hurst a little to type, but I’m slowly getting better.
Talk to you soon,