28.3.12

taking time to refresh


When you work from home, it is so easy to get stuck in the same routine. Believe me, my entire days consist of doing the same things over and over again. I've always got plenty to do, and my list of projects is currently a mile long (I'm currently working on 12 blog designs at once). While it's great to feel accomplished while working your little butt off, I've found it can actually be a bit detrimental to your success.

As the above image reads, "sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need."  It cannot be more true. I've always found that taking a break from what I'm doing to focus on something else, or even taking a break to do absolutely nothing at all, is so necessary. I call it my "refresh" mode. If too many things are going on at once, my mind is too crammed to concentrate properly, which in turn results in lousy work. Lousy work isn't exactly something that I can be proud of.  I need those refresh moments.

I'm currently working on an e-book (that will be available here), among everything else I have going on. This project has been in my mind for quite some time now and it feels so good to finally put my plan into action. While it may seem like I have absolutely no time to even tackle this idea, I do. I separate my projects effectively so that there is always time to work on each one. I suppose writing this e-book IS a part of my "refresh time" since it's a different type of process. It's calming in a way, and takes me away from the routine I'm so used to.

If you ever feel overwhelmed, or if your work just isn't measuring up to your own expectations, I assure you that you probably just need a break. There is ALWAYS time to finish something, and taking as much time as you need to refresh and clear your mind will be so worth it and can only result in good things. 

How do you break away from your routine?

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12 comments:

  1. You are so right, sometimes we need a break. I usually go for a walk on the beach, I'm lucky to live in front of the sea.

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  2. Thanks for this great post! It's really hard to give yourself "permission" to take a break when you work for yourself. Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated when you work alone?

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  3. I know exactly how this is. With being a stay at home mom and working on different projects as well, it's hard to actually get my son and i out of the house to have some fun. I've been trying to change it up and it feels really good to switch it up! :)

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  4. this post couldn't have been any more perfect! lately i feel that i have just kept myself in a rut. not doing anything of pure importance but blogging. i think i just need to step back, and get things done. change up my scene. thanks for being so open, and hope you get all the things you need to get done, done :)
    xo TJ

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  5. Ah! Yes, I've definitely taken a break this year when it got a little too stressful for me at work. I took a sick day off and worked on rebuilding my blog. :)

    Hope you finish your mile long list soon!

    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  6. I know that feeling, I definitely need to take me time sometimes.
    Since the weather has got good I am taking lunch in the garden with my sister as a good break from it all.

    When I was working on my dissertation I used to ban myself from working at home so that when I got home at 8-9-10 oclock in the evening I would have time to unwind. I also used to get up early and water the garden before going to uni to have a bit of 'me' time.

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  7. I'm so thankful for your talent and the help that you're giving me with my project :)

    What's the e-book on? If it's on anything graphic design related, I will most probably purchase it. Your eye is amazing.

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  8. Taking a break is so important!!!! And just like you said even if it's just to do absolutely NOTHING lol. What is your ebook going to be about?

    http://craftingforbliss.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love that quote! It's so true, sometimes you just need to step away from yourself and take a break:)

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  10. I adore your shop! I have a thing for woodland creatures! Not in a creepy way ;) I'm your newest follower! Can't wait to read your updates!

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  11. I agree. Sometimes you have to step away from monotonous routines and come back with a clear pallet...

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