22 Feb If You’re Not Doing This, You’re Failing Yourself
I used to feel guilty about taking moments for myself. I would struggle with my feelings – often feeling lazy, unproductive, and undedicated to whatever I needed to do. 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 had created a bunch of projects that I had abandoned.
After while, 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 completing one thing at a time – multitasking only on that specific project. I also needed to learn to take breaks and find time for myself while working. I also had to learn 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 alighn 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 every single bit of it. Doing so eventually left me with a bunch of different pieces of many projects and nothing completed. It definitely wasn’t efficient. Today I prioritize my work by what are the most important tasks to complete and what are just “frills”. The important pieces get completed first (little by little) and then I move on to other parts of the project.
When I started working on this site, it was 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.