I feel this enormous pressure to work on my dolls. I've mentioned many times that I am desperate to turn my two online businesses into a full time job. Currently I work full-time teaching English as well as managing two Etsy shops. There is never enough time to accomplish all I want to accomplish in a day. Running a successful online shop requires so much work on many different fronts. From blogging, to videos, advertising and also time to create, it's sometimes overwhelming.
I find that I don't take time to enjoy the moment. I don't take time to nurture friendships, fun and relaxation. These things are vital to avoid burnout. And I'll tell you what I'm burnt out.
Next week I'm going to New York. I'm going to visit my oldest friend who I haven't seen in several years. I'm very excited, but that nagging need to always be working is pulling at me. I've reached a point where I realize I can't have it all (at least not right now), and I'm thinking about big changes in the future. Things that will free me up from this extreme pressure. I know I can't work at this pace for much longer before my health is going to be seriously affected.
Today instead of sewing I decided to catch up on some online work. I finished a new Youtube video, added a page to my website, and I'm writing this blog post. I have found the best way for me to avoid burnout is to not necessarily stop working, but just to work on something different. So when you find yourself feeling this way my advice is to work on a completely different project. You will come back to your work refreshed and ready to start again.
Here is the Youtube video I made today. I wanted to give you a taste of what it is like for me here in Mexico. I hope you enjoy it.
What do you do to combat burnout?