TIME TO RECHARGE [Makers Monday Motivation 12.18.17]
I will humbly admit, this past week was one of those unproductive weeks. No matter how hard I tried, I struggled to get focused. Simple tasks I usually enjoy doing took me hours and I found myself continually checking my phone or finding things to do around the office to distract myself from my actual work. After months of pushing hard, my mind and body made it clear, I was in need of a break.
If we are honest with ourselves, no matter how much we love our work, or how motivated we are, we simply are not made to work all the time and at some point we run out of gas. Weekends exist for a reason. Our mind needs time to recover, our eyes need time away from screens, and our soul needs time connecting with friends. If we put this off for too long, continuing to push ourselves to do more, we end up unproductive and making careless mistakes, producing less-creative work, and possibly getting burned out - even from work that we really enjoy to do.
So today, I’m here to remind you and myself, that we aren’t meant to always have our foot on the peddle. If this week you find yourself feeling worn down, or catch yourself losing steam for the work you love, the best thing you can do for your business is to give yourself permission to unplug and let yourself recharge.
Gratefully, we’re in the last weeks of the year and the holidays present a perfect time to step away from our work. To help get you started, this week’s Maker Motivation Challenge includes a list of ideas to help you recharge.
Take a few minutes to review this list and try to commit to doing one or more of these recharging activities over your holiday:
- Put up an away message on your email and commit to not checking it till you return.
- Go screen free for at least 24 hours (all screens!)
- Make plans with friends and family.
- Take an actual vacation.
- Take a staycation, and commit to not going in your studio or office.
- Do something active, like taking a hike, riding a bike, or going on a long walk in a place you’ve not been.
- Read a whole book - preferably a story you can get lost in.
- Spend an afternoon baking or cooking.
- Play a board game or cards.
- Go to see a play or visit a museum.
- Make something: music, art, craft.
- Do something completely out of your routine.
- Volunteer and spend some time using your energy for others.
I’m excited to share that writing this email inspired me to take my own advice, and I will be taking a break the week between Christmas and New Years to step away from my computer, recharge and connect with friends and family. With that, I plan to return energized and ready to dive back into work in the new year and I would love to work with you to help your 2018 be your best year yet. Today is a great time to sign up for one-on-one coaching, book before 12/31/17, and get 15% off your first session by using code ‘DEC15’.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!
We’re in this together,