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The One Thing You Should Be Doing

I used to feel guilty about taking moments for myself. I would struggle with my feelings whenever I decided to take a break. I often felt lazy, unproductive, and undedicated to whatever I needed to do whenever I let myself stray from my work. There was always this big push to do more, be more, finish more. I’d get to to the point where I felt overwhelmed and exhausted. So I’d quit. No really, I would quit. I’d burn myself out, grow tired of whatever it was that I was working on and quit the project altogether (they were always personal projects) Over time, I created a laundry list of halfway finished projects that I had abandoned. After awhile, I realized that my cycle of never ending projects had to stop. I realized that in order for me to be successful, I had to quit taking on 50 million things. Instead, I needed to focus on  completing one thing at a time – multitasking only on that specific project. I also had to learn to get comfortable with taking breaks while working and the art of outsourcing work- because although I can do everything, it’s best that I don’t. Today, I am in a better place. Actually, a much better place than I’ve ever been before.

I’ve learned the art of taking time for myself.

Just the other day, I took a day off for pampering. I hit the spa to get my nails done, got a massage and treated myself to a delicious meal. And I didn’t take any of my work with me. It left me feeling refreshed and stimulated my creativity. Other days when I need to take time for myself, I treat myself to a mindless game or a good movie. I walk away from my work and I do whatever my heart fancies.

I outsource my work.

There are a lot of things I can do. I built this site. I’m usually taking my own photos and editing them. I probably would take my own videos and edit them too, if I could. However, I’ve learned that trying to do everything yourself will wear you out. Having the “know how” is great, so that you can explain it thoroughly to whoever you hire, but learning to outsource the tasks that are tedious or don’t align align with your strongest skill set will be best for you in the long run.

I prioritize my work.

Before when I worked on projects, I’d work on little pices of every single bit of it. Eventually, I found myself with a bunch of different pieces of many projects and not one project completed . It definitely wasn’t efficient. Today I prioritize my work by sorting tasks into two categories= “frills” and  “what needs to be completed now” . The important pieces get completed first (little by little) and then I move on to other parts of the project. For example, when I started working on this site I found it to be  a rather large task. I wanted a directory, a blog, and video content. While this doesn’t seem like a lot, it is. In order to do that, I would need to build out my site, create the content, and promote content on my social media channels.

I realized that just building out the site was a huge tasks so I broke down the site into tangible bits and pieces. I started with the blog. I created the blog sections of the site first. Next, I started working on the directory. And later, I’d be working on creating my video content. All this will be completed over a course of 7 months. Doing it this way, I am less likely to burnout and I can make time for creative breaks which are necessary for me to give my very best.

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