Monday, 28 April 2014

Beating Burnout

Ok... yep... so it's been a while and I promised things were changing or moving and I was going to make decisions about stuff... Well I haven't!

There are times, for us self employed lot, where things get a little overwhelming and things just drag you down... It's called burnout. I was reading this Etsy blog here about beating burnout and it got me thinking... I am indeed suffering from burnout and have lost the ability to make decisions and act on the ones that I have made. I've been writing plans, following them for a few days the abandoning stuff at the tiniest set back... worst thing is I am aware that I'm doing it but feel powerless to do anything about it.

So what am I going to do?

Well I am formulating a plan. What kind of plan? I hear you ask... Is it a cunning one? Why yes friends it is a cunning one, it involves stepping back a little and taking a bit more time for myself... which for me is kinda hard. To start things off I've joined an art class, I find being around creative people is inspiring in itself and I'm using the time in this class to finish off projects started long ago and work thru ideas that I have had bouncing around my noggin for ages.

Also I am opening a new shop for said projects to go in, our flat's kind of full of stuff so I can't keep them all it's going to be called "The Snob Goblin" and be centered around the more fantastical and arty side of my work. (I've added a couple of pics here so you can see what I'm up to) I want to keep them separate from Feltmeup and Inkmeup as they are so different and I don't want them to feel like work right now.

The idea is that all this stuff will help me find myself... ok it's corny but until now I kind of snorted at people who said they were off to find themselves but I have kind of lost my identity a bit and with that a bit of my passion for what I do. Once I feel a bit more me I shall start making proper business plans and hopefully see them through.

If you have any tips for beating burnout then please post them here in comments. I'd love to hear how you cope with it.

Goboline and Boris, 2 snob goblins