Before I took off to Maine, I wanted to work ahead and be ready to take some time away from my computer, so I could truly enjoy a slower pace. The working ahead was the easy part, the slower pace was the hard part. I have such a go, go, go mentality that it’s really hard for me to shut my brain off.
It’s a blessing and a curse.
Some people wish they had more motivation, while I wish I could slow mine down just a touch—at least some of the time. Working ahead feels so natural to me and it’s really satisfying to plow through my to-do list and then keep going and going. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing.
The weeks leading up to my trip, I planned out my days and added in extra tasks to ensure that I wouldn’t have much to do the week I was going to be out of my office. I wrote tons of content, made sure posts were scheduled to publish, had email campaigns approved and scheduled to send, wrote and scheduled social media posts and prepared for a new website build I have coming up.
I did this before we left for our Honeymoon to South East Asia earlier this year and it really helped me ease the worry I was having about leaving work behind.
I took my laptop along with me this time and had a little bit of downtime to check emails and make some progress on a couple projects. It eased my anxiety to know what was going on and that there were no major issues that I’d have to deal with when I got home.
I will say that while it’s nice to be able to take time off when I want to, it does come at a cost. I don’t have anyone else to take emails and calls while I’m away and my client’s business still needs work done no matter what my schedule looks like. It’s something that comes with freelancing, and I’m sure a lot of other jobs.
I’m on my way back from Maine and I’m excited to get back into normal, everyday life again. I’m getting my planner all set up for August, getting content ideas for the blog and timelines put into place for my upcoming projects.
No matter how far ahead I’m able to work, I always feel I could be doing more. This is a struggle I’ve had for a very long time and a constant thing I have to work on—chilling out. I often have to give myself a pep talk, “Don’t take life so seriously, just do your best.”
I’m sure there are a lot of other people out there who struggle with this same thing, so from me to you—you’re doing a fan-freaking-tastic job. You’re highly motivated and that’s a good thing but take the time to enjoy yourself along with the people and places around you.
“Leisure is only possible when we are at one with ourselves. We tend to overwork as a means of self-escape, as a way of trying to justify our existence.” – Josef Pieper
Thanks for Reading,