On Scaling Back
Do you ever feel like you're doing too much? Something's gotta be wrong when several friends have told you, multiple times: "You're so busy all the time!"
Recently I had to take a look at my life and make a change. I was wearing myself thin working on multiple projects and events, I was gaining weight because I didn't have or make time to do my usual weekly meal prep, and I was going to the gym less often. And all for what?
If you didn't know, in addition to Hey Love Designs, I also have a full time job. And I also teach dance classes and for awhile I was teaching up to two or three times a week. Earlier this year all three jobs picked up a lot and I was struggling to do it all. I finally got to a point where I just needed to step back and focus on me. I ran away to the beach for a weekend and while it was refreshing to get away and not think about any of my jobs, they were still all waiting for me when I returned. And I was dying for my next vacation.
I was officially burnt out.
So I had to think about what I could do to help myself. I certainly didn't want to give up any of these things. So I had to make a compromise. If I won't quit one of the jobs, I could scale back. And that is my current plan of action.
For my full time job, obviously I can't scale back, however I can alter my work schedule. I've been trying to get into work at 7:30 a.m. so that I could leave at 4:30 p.m. and still have a whole evening to do more, whereas before I was coming home at 7 p.m., eating dinner, and then going to bed. I can work out now. I can make plans with friends. I have free time to work on design orders if they popped up.
For my dance job I've scaled back to one class a week and will randomly pick up extra classes when needed.
For Hey Love Designs, I'm currently ceasing all custom order requests. I love being able to come up with a unique design for someone however it takes up a lot of time that I don't always have and it has been causing a lot of anxiety for me. What I will be doing is adding a lot of new designs to the Etsy shop so clients will have tons of options to choose from. I've also already cut back to blogging 2-3 times a week and that has proved to be a lot more helpful.
So let's see how this goes! I think this will help me greatly free up some personal time for myself, reduce anxiety, and just focus on the most important things in each of my jobs. As things progress, I will adjust as necessary.
I just took this holiday weekend to be a long staycation for myself - focusing on socializing with friends, eating right, being active, and just relaxing. I think this long weekend as well as coming up with a plan of action for myself make me feel a lot better at taking control of my life.
What about you? Have you found areas in your life to improve or scale back?