This is probably one of the most accurate, difficult statements in the life of an entrepreneur. As someone who is OBSESSED with her company, I struggle with this on a daily basis. When I’m not working, I am panicking that my customers are upset because I failed to respond in less then three minutes, or that because I only posted one video on social media instead of the normal two, that they will become disinterested and move onto another idea by another artist.
This, I know, is nonsense.
I’ve always been a busy person (I am now working on perfecting the difference between ‘Busy’ and ‘Productive’), so naturally it takes running myself into the ground before I will force myself to rest. I know myself well enough to realize that I’m not someone who can take a ‘day off’; but I can take two hours off, and I have made that work for me. A bath is one of my favorite things in the evenings, and instead of using my phone to answer messages, I use it to explore new ideas or listen to a non-business book on Audible (which counts, because I normally listen to some type of small business or accounting book while I build earrings). Riding horses for an afternoon with my husband is also a wonderful relief- but after about the three hour mark I start to get anxious that my company is tanking because I’m not actively keeping it afloat.
I think everyone has to learn to relax and recharge their own way, in whatever dosage fits their lifetstyle. Im a fan of a pedicure while developing infographics for RL, a massage while I contemplate what Blog topic to write upon next, or dinner with a few friends before heading back to the studio for the evening. However I do know, without a doubt, that regular recharges are necessary for mental and physical health (I can’t build earrings if I have run myself to the point of being sick in bed), and its imperative to find out what works the best for you.
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