I love keeping busy. This is handy, because I pretty much always am.
I have a full time job, but I only actually work 3 days most weeks, opting for 12 hours shifts over a regular 9-5, and this gives me quite a few days off in the week, which is great, right?
To the untrained eye, yes, but as well as my job, I also publish 5-6 new blog posts a week here, as well as running two small businesses on my own, both of which involve designing and creating the products that I sell, so my days off are dedicated to those commitments first and foremost.
Any blogger reading this knows exactly how much time and effort goes into blogging. A single post can take hours to make perfect, from the writing to photography and editing, and even when the post is live, then comes the promotion. In fact, I reckon its not inaccurate to say that probably 50% of a bloggers work is done on social media, rather than in the actual writing. There’s the tweet scheduling, Instagram posts, flatlays, PR emails, networking in the community and so much more.
Then comes the small business work. I have stock and supplies to order and products to design and create, then there’s packaging and post offices runs to go on, and again all the promotion work that goes alongside it all.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but it can be exhausting. I often feel like my work is never done, or there’s more I should be doing, so if I ever take time out for myself, I end up feeling guilty, or feel like I’m forgetting something important. For this very reason I feel like a lie-in is a waste of time, I can’t just sit and do nothing and if for whatever reason I can’t get any work done – hello creative blocks.. – I end up feeling guilty and stressed.
I know that this probably isn’t healthy, and I’m trying to work on it, but I just really want to be successful in the things that I do, and for me success comes from hard work. I don’t expect things to just be handed to me, and I’m more than happy to work for what I want and I just hate wasting time..
Does anyone else suffer from this problem, or have done in the past?
2 thoughts on “Why I Can Never Enjoy ‘Down Time’”
Oh yes, I can definitely relate to this! My husband will often ask me why I can’t just sit down and watch a film from him, because I’m usually either running around the house at the time doing chores or on my laptop doing blog stuff. But I just feel like if I’m sitting still doing nothing, even if it is just watching a film or whatever, I’m wasting time that I don’t have.
I try and give myself two breaks a year, lasting for two weeks at a time. So then I have time off from blogging, youtube and all the planning that goes along side it – and it feels great afterwards, but I always feel guilty at the time! 🙂 Tania Michele xx