Breaks are good for the soul.
“When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness.” – Atticus Poetry
My madness is that I'm a perfectionist and many times I don't do things because I don't feel ready.
I’ve sat in front of my to-do list a bunch of times the last month ready to get back to work. But taking a break for as long as I did discouraged me from actually beginning. I’d start “organizing” my to-do list and by the time I was done, I was drained. I was overwhelmed by the number of things I felt I had to do before drawing again. (yup, it makes no sense to me now that I’ve written it down.) Even though the break felt sooooo good, getting back in the swing of things is hard. After switching non-stop between school-business-day job since late 2016 (getting ready to open our Etsy shop), it was long overdue.
I also wanted to make sure I had a flexible plan to follow for my business, and one I could be consistent with. I care deeply about this and that means I have to make time to work on development and be strategic in the way I do things, to keep growing and avoid becoming stagnant. The balance of creative me-time & business time has definitely been a struggle for me. Turning a hobby into a business has forced me to work more on my time management skills and learn how to handle the stress that comes with it. A lot of what I do I’ve learned on the fly but implementing those things has been difficult over the course of the past two years in business. (!!! more on that later)
Yesterday, sitting at my desk and getting to work was seamless. I don’t know what was missing before; maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace or it just wasn’t time yet, I'm not sure. Today I read about the "1-3-5 rule" for being more productive, so I'm going to try that this week. This tactic narrows your to-do list down to nine daily items, (1 big thing, 3 medium things, 5 small things) and is flexible in case "stuff comes up." I’ve put together a small plan for the rest of June and hopefully everything else falls into place.
I look forward to connecting with you again,
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My name is Gaby. I am the founder of Pinales Illustrated, where my sister and I share our art in various forms with the world.