Recently, I’ve realized the importance of taking a break.
After creating all the 100 paintings and having a big opening in June, I needed to step back and process it all. I needed to relax. I needed to sleep.
I gave myself a scheduled week off. The first day I ended up working. There were loose ends I had to take care of and orders I had to fulfill and take to the post office. So I started my vacation the following day.
I am not a Type A kind of person at all. In fact, I’m a little jealous of the Type A’s because they seem so productive. So quick and on task.
It’s not that I am so busy busy busy that I cannot stop and rest. It is that I tend to rest a lot, and I am not as productive as I want to be. You call me? I’m talking to you. Facebook? I’m all over it. Dogs need a walk? Lets go. And at the exact same time, I am always working and not allowing myself to take a break.
That might not make sense to anyone but me.
You see, my mind is always working, always thinking of what I should be doing. When I do have a day that I do not do any work, I usually feel badly about it. Because it wasn’t purposeful time off, I feel like a slacker.
My new goal is this: Schedule my day with focused work periods followed by breaks. I also plan to take entire days off where I do not turn on my computer or even walk into my studio.
Truthfully, my creative brain doesn’t do well with routines and schedules. I like things to be new! And fun! And spontaneous! But I am going to work hard on keeping to a schedule because I want to be and feel really productive and I want genuine, guilt-free time off.
New mantra: I am focused and productive during the scheduled periods of time, allowing scheduled breaks to renew and refresh my spirit throughout this day.