2016 was the year I really started hustling to make my dreams come true. My visions started to become clearer and sharper. The steps to reach my dreams were going into motion. I started to hustle like crazy. This was the post I wrote that year: Why Being Tired Is Worth It. But my perspective has changed since then.
Road to burn out.
Though it was the year my road to my dreams started being paved it was also the year I started running towards burn out. My life was going from my full time day job (which is quite demanding on its own) and then coming home and working on my businesses. I worked late nights, slept very little, and really never took any down time. Fast forward to December 2018 and I crashed. And I hit it hard. I had accomplished many wonderful things in those two years. I was seeing things fall into place but what I wasn’t doing is taking the best care of myself or taking the time to celebrate those fantastic accomplishments. Because of this I was burning out.
The wall that forced me to slow down.
I spent December of last year and January of this year teaching myself to slow down. Medically I was forced to. Looking back this was probably a blessing in disguise. My slow down translated to meaning I pretty much did nothing for two months. It felt good. Actually at the end of those two months, I felt like I could breathe and think better. It taught me to sit in ‘nothing’, as weird as that sounds. I needed it, really needed it. Through this process I built a healthier plan to put into action.
Mid December I cleared out a bunch of clutter in my surroundings. I rearranged my room to showcase the things that brought me joy and comfort. I surrounded myself with books and artwork and things that inspire me. Resulting from this rearrangement, I feel more creative, peaceful and productive. At the end of the month I launched my third blog, my online boutique, and relaunched my Etsy shop with my paintings. Because I was de-cluttering and clearing my schedule of busy work I was creating room for growth, for more progress. However as it seems I may have more on my plate if I’m not careful and lead myself back to burn out.
The list seems long but it’s actually not so crazy.
- The motivational blog, Do Five Things A Day
- My inspirational lifestyle blog about my journey to a hygge lifestyle, Going Hygge
- The newest biz baby where I can share all the good stuff about building your business and blog, BlogFiveBiz
- My paintings which are now live in my Etsy shop, PhoenixAnnSt
- My online boutique, FiveInspired
- And some side projects in motion like a few books I’ve been writing, a planner design, my life coaching program, and some online courses.
So how am I going to keep myself sane and protect myself from burn out?
Well first I have to identify priorities – live businesses vs. projects in the works. I have five live streams currently. The rest I put on my projects lists. Sure, I’d love to have them all launch this year. Heck they’d all be live already if it was realistic. But it’s not realistic. Especially not on top of my full time day job. So I set flexible deadlines for them and I work on my projects a little hear and there.
Regarding how to keep my five live streams moving. I created a schedule. But I made sure it was realistic. The result is still having space for the rest of my life.
What’s this schedule look like for maintaining and growing three blogs and two shops?
I’ve spread my tasks out through the week and the month.
- Mondays – Build and schedule emails.
- Tuesdays – My evening off.
- Wednesdays – Build creative.
- Thursdays – Write blog posts. Schedule Facebook and Twitter posts.
- Fridays – Schedule pins in Tailwind.
- Saturdays – My days off.
- Sundays – Write blog posts. Schedule Facebook and Twitter posts.
- Second Friday of the month I add new artwork to my Etsy shop.
- Fourth Friday of the month I add new designs to FiveInspired.
And I allow some flexibility. It goes both ways. Sometimes my mind isn’t working super well so I move my tasks to another evening. Sometimes I’m grooving and I’ll let myself go. The key is to balance it though. If I work late one night, I start later the next day and take the evening off.
It’s always a learning process and we all work a little different. But we all need to take breaks. You’ll find you are much more productive when you give yourself time to recharge. Take it from me – burn out sucks!