This past weekend was very productive. As the last few weekends have been for me. I set some business goals for myself at the beginning of the year, and have been working diligently to accomplish them. I am so excited to announce that I have exceeded my income goal for this month already, and there are still a few days left in the month.
This is very motivating to me, as it shows that my efforts have really been paying off. But after spending about 8 hours straight in front of my laptop at home on Sunday, I realize I need a bit of organization in my working at home life. I worked remote for a few jobs I’ve had in my life, for several years actually. Working at home can be a blessing but if not done correctly it can definitely feel you LIVE AT WORK instead of WORK AT HOME.
It’s been a while since I’ve worked at home, and I feel like I’ve lost my mojo. After my super exhausting day on Sunday, I need to get it back while my business is growing rather than later. My problem is that it’s very hard for me to do a little bit of work at once. I don’t feel like I am being productive. As far as a website is concerned, it is easier for me to just hash out a site all at once. Or at least get a nice chunk of it done in one shot. But when I don’t have any design work to complete, I think I spend too much time working on my business. Not that it’s a bad thing to do. But I don’t want to get burned out before I really begin to take off. And a lot of days I feel absolute exhaustion when it comes to my website. (Right now I am working on creating new content, as well as article marketing for my graphic design blog/portfolio.)
I’m going to implement some ground rules for myself. And of course these rules can be modified and adjusted as I see fit, but I at least need to set some guidelines for myself.
Here’s the list I’ve come up with so far to help me prevent career burnout:
- Take two days off per week. My 9-5 gives me 2 days off per week, so I need to give myself two days off as well to get my mind clear and prevent designer’s block. These two days should be different from my job, or at least 1 of the days should be.
- Take long breaks from work every few hours.
- Like with any other job, if I can’t finish something in a reasonable amount of time in the same day, set it aside for the next day. I’m usually ahead of schedule on deadlines if I have one, so not trying to rush and leaving work for the next day in order not to exhaust myself shouldn’t be an issue.
- Take business emails off my phone, or set to manual update… I like to check my email frequently, however I suppose if something is urgent the person would contact me via phone. Ideally I’d like to go through these emails maybe twice a day. That way I’m not distracted by promo emails when I could be doing something else.
- Set up some business hours on my website so potential clients will know when to expect a reply back from me.
I think I’ve pretty much covered everything that takes away from productivity and causes exhaustion and work burnout for me. Hopefully by implementing these guidelines I’ll be able to see a lot of growth in my design business without wearing myself out in the process.