“Part of the way the work world works is not so much creating a separation between your work and your free time, but creating the illusion of a separation between your work and your free time. Every day is the weekend for me, which means I’m always busy.“
— Ian MacKaye
Photos courtesy of Ali of Those White Walls
Since I work for myself, “weekends” are few and far between.
I sometimes miss the tempo of a 9-to-5 job: weekdays = work, weekends = personal. These days I pretty much work all day, every day. And while I LOVE my work enough that it hardly ever feels like work, I really do miss having a workweek with built-in time off.
The hardest part about being self-employed for me has always been giving myself permission to take time off. For self-care, for family time, for exercise, for anything not work-related really…
So lately I’ve actually been scheduling real weekend time-off for myself. And what a difference it’s made!
I love it — I wear an easy outfit with my favorite pair jeans, go purseless, and give myself the goal of laughing and smiling as much as I possibly can. I’ve even been leaving my cell phone at home — a thought that no doubt sounds crazy to most! And suddenly after I return back to work, I find myself furiously tackling projects at a substantially faster pace than I would have if I’d just worked through the weekend.
Ironic and yet so true. Sometimes to be more productive, we need to forgive ourselves for feeling unproductive so our mind and body can rest and ready itself for the next projects to come. How very, very ironic…