Last week, Tiffany wrote a post here that you may have read, called The Power of Taking a Break. This particular post couldn’t have come at a better time for lots of you who responded in the comments, but also, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. So today, I’m kind of piggy-backing on Tiffany’s post and sharing my thoughts on the subject…
Lately, there’s been a theme amongst the blog buds in my little circle and nearly everyone is saying the same thing. Me included. And that is this…”Man, I need a break!” or “I’m so busy I can hardly handle it.” or “What was I thinking when I agreed to add more to-dos to my already never-ending to-do list.”
We commit ourselves to too many outside projects and then go crazy trying to get them done before the deadline. Sound familiar?
The projects always get done, even if it means a few tears and a couple of sleepless (or almost sleepless) nights. But is it really worth it, if you end of pulling your hair out to get everything done?
And with all of us so quick to pile on the projects and interviews and online events and offline events and…well, you get the point…why doesn’t it also come naturally to pile on breaks throughout the day, build in more downtime, and plan (and actually take) a vacation every once in a while?
Ain’t nobody got time for that. Duh.
But really, what I should be saying is that nobody is MAKING time for that.
Of course, I understand why this happens because I do it too. When you’re running your own business, and you’re your own boss, and you’re the one responsible for making any (and all) of the cash coming in, it’s tough to say no when an opportunity pops up. You want to say yes to the things that will make you more money, help you achieve more ‘success’, get you more ‘exposure’, and maybe even a free ticket to XYZ.
But where does all that leave you, ultimately? Most likely, walking down the street to insanely busy town/ my house is a mess town / when will I regain my sanity town.
I don’t know about you, but I am done going down those roads. And I’m definitely done saying that I’ll take a break next month, when things slow down, only to realize that I’ve been saying that since January.
So tomorrow I’m taking a little trip to California with Jeff. Away from the computer. To squeeze in a little rafting, a day trip to Yosemite, and a quick visit with family before headed back home this weekend. FYI- I’ve already scheduled my posts for the rest of the week. So posting will continue as normal while I’m away.
I won’t be waiting for things to slow down on their own, I’m just going to force them to.
And I think that is the point I’m really trying to make here. We’re all busy. We all take on a whole heck of lot of stuff, that fills our schedules to the point of craziness. BUT we can change that pretty easily. And decide to stop, TAKE A BREAK, and let things go…for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. AND even if your current to-do list is longer than Santa’s on Christmas Eve.
Just schedule it into your calendar, if it helps, and treat it as you would a client project. Downtime is just as important to your business as anything else. And trust me, those emails (and whatever else is on your to do list) will still be there when you get back.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even be excited to answer them once you’ve had a little time away.
So what do you say? Will you make time for a break in your busy schedule this month?
P.S. I found the image above, by Sara Eshak, thanks to this post from Gabriel of The Artful Desperado – great read on finding success in your 30s if you have a couple of minutes.
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I have had my own business for 13 years and I learned the hard way that if you don’t make time for yourself you just end up being a hamster on a wheel going around and around endlessly. Taking time to spend with friends and family or going on a mini vacation really helps clear the fog in your brain. Even just an afternoon at play can make you feel so much better.Tracey
Good for you! I’m busier than I’ve ever been right now, but I know it’s going to stay like this for a good couple of months, so I’m going to follow suit and MAKE myself take Saturday off. It can only be good for me. Might even go to the seaside 🙂Tilly
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I really love the sentiment of this. One thing I’ve really learnt about life is you have to personally make things happen. Life doesn’t really find you spare time to exercise or have down time and there’s no bell which rings to give you recess when you’re working for yourself. It’s been a hard lesson to learn but it does genuinely make for a happier day if you put it in perspective a little.
Having said that its so much harder to do this in practise! I’ve got a week long break coming up and so I’ve just been working crazy amounts of overtime in order to still have posts during that week. I guess bloggers are just workaholics!Ally Ebdon
I hear ya! It’s such an “addiction” to be busy and connected! And when you finally slow down you feel guilty for not doing stuff. But once you finally STOP and unwind, you feel can almost hear your brain saying “oh man, thank you!”. Good for you on taking that trip! Enjoy it miss B.Gabriel
Brittni! Love reading this. It’s hard to find that work / life balance. Love the post by Gabriel too. I’m trying to learn to say no, realize that everything is never going to checked off my to do list and it’s okay! Have fun in CA!Nicole
As you know, I could really use to take your advice here! Glad you’re taking a break and hope you have fun in CA!!Kelly @ Studio DIY
I hope you have a blast in California! I’m taking a week off from my full-time job at the end of August that I’m really looking forward to. Taking a break is definitely super important. I hope you enjoy yours!
I don’t think it will happen this month for me. I’m already booked up!! Maybe next month… Enjoy your trip!!Nicole Underwood
Thanks Juni. Have fun in Miami!papernstitch
YAY enjoy your trip to california, brittni! you definitely deserve it. I’m in the midst of scheduling posts for the next week so I can take off for a weekend to miami.juni // hej juni