Less Making More Breaking
It is now 2019. You and many others are in peak goal-chasing form. I get it- I’m right there with you. A busy holiday season, taking breaks from our usual routines, and relaxing with friends and family has us all refreshed and ready to make the most of the New Year.
There is not one thing wrong about embracing the hustle & bustle, I encourage it. But as 2019 begins I want to challenge you all to take more time for yourselves and focus on what’s most important. After all, we only have one shot at this life we are given.
Our culture has this false idea that constantly working will help us climb those corporate ladders, reach every task possible, or find that genius idea you’ve been seeking. There was a time not too long ago where I thought the same. However, I’m here to tell you that taking time off and finding new experiences outside of work will do just the same… especially if you are in a creative position where new ideas are the backbone of your success.
When I first started looking into ways to take a step away from work it was uncomfortable. I felt there would never be enough time to complete projects, find new clients, or complete my day to day tasks within my business. However, through the numerous breaks I’ve taken throughout the last year, I wish I took more… in fact, I would've like to double my time away from work.
Last year was my first year of self-employment. Honestly, it felt problematic to take breaks. I was always worried about being able to do more, or feeling like a slacker. But I forced myself to do so by traveling, finding new hobbies (cooking, photography, wood crafting), taking time for family, camping/hiking, some exercise, and joining a kickball league. The results were amazing! I felt my decision making was more precise, I had more motivation/creative thoughts, and was able to accomplish my dream of successfully becoming an independent designer.
As this year begins my main advice for you is to travel and take as much time for yourself as possible. Before you know it you'll also be able to trust, through experience, that time off actually benefits your work in the long run.
2019 will be a big year for you, I have no doubt about it. It’ll be an even bigger year if you don’t lose site of what’s important outside of work. Don’t forget to take the time you need to clear your mind and enjoy the beautiful life you have while you can. Your work WILL reward you.