The best work days are when I have a good sleep, good food (not too much consumed not too late in the evening), an exercise, a time for writing, physical work, and a good company at dinner at the end of the day. The good days are made of these rhythmic activities - getting up early in the morning to spend an hour of quiet time by myself writing before going to the pool and meeting with myself to write down the day's schedule with coffee followed by a breakfast at the kitchen counter. For me it means that a solid uninterrupted work hours at the studio, writing and journaling before dinner, and reading before going to bed. Maintaining good routines has been proven to keep me active and flexible physically and mentally. I am more energized, quicker in making decisions and more optimistic, and enjoy socializing more. Keeping the regular schedule also works for adopting unexpected visitors and events. All is good but it's so easy to derail from it. The bad cycle starts and worse it sticks when I sacrifice first the sleep and second the swimming in exchange for "work" time.
Why being busy seems to be praised? for the coming year I will aim not to be busy. Being busy seems, for me, relates to wanting affirmations from others - which gives me a certain level of comfort. If I know what I want I would be happy without chasing after a project that invite other's affirmations, which ends up keeping myself busy - so I think now.