Do you ever feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends? Working way more than you used to and doing this things you really love—the things that bring you joy—less often?
It’s so commonplace, especially in tough economic times, when you’re the sole breadwinner of your family or when you start a new job.
“Sleep when you’re dead!”
“Strike while the iron’s hot!”
“Keep your nose to the grindstone.”
These values are all upheld in our (American) culture. And while I am all for hard work, effort and sacrifice to achieve goals, it became really clear that lately, I’m pursuing all that in an unbalanced way.
You see, Stupid Easy Paleo is a solo venture. I’m equal parts webmaster, social media guru, recipe developer, blog writer, photographer, graphic designer, PR and customer service representative and tech gal. And while I absolutely LOVE working for myself and growing this company into something great for the purpose of helping people, I will admit that my drive has started to take me off track a bit.
I’ve not been giving myself a day off—ever—and my computer or phone is always attached to me. I’ve stopped reading for fun or meditating (even just taking some me time) or just enjoying things like a walk outside or going to lunch with friends. Even when I carve out a few minutes to do these things, I feel like there’s something else I could / should be doing for my business, so I never really enjoy them fully.
And while hiring people to do things for me could help, it still won’t keep me from doing other work that needs to be done unless I make a choice.
Enter Time-Out Tuesdays
It may seem simple, but starting today (I wrote this yesterday), I’m taking Tuesdays off. A big, fat time-out—or rather, time off. The seed for this was planted long ago when I read this article by my friends Dallas and Melissa of Whole9, and it’s been slowly germinating in my mind ever since.
On Tuesdays, you won’t find new blogs or social media posts or email replies. Luckily, I have an enormous cache of recipes, articles and pins to keep you inspired. Instead, I’m going to use that time to catch up on books, cook good food, call my mom and siblings, maybe take a nap…you know, things normal people do on their days off!
I’ll admit…this idea makes me a bit nervous. I’m the type of person that wants to swoop in and fix things the second they go wrong, but I’ve come to terms with taking a bit more time for me so I can better serve you. Nobody likes a stressed-out Steph.
My request to you: If there’s something urgent or that arises on Tuesdays, please understand that I may not get back to you until Wednesday or Thursday. This one-(wo)man band will kick back into gear Wednesday morning!
My Challenge For You
Even though this site’s mostly about how food makes you more healthy, the health of your mind is equally as important (or even moreso). My challenge to you is to make a chunk of time—maybe it’s only 15 minutes—to reconnect with something you haven’t been enjoying as often as you used to, like an old hobby (I need to rustle up my knitting needles), a book you can’t seem to finish or a friend you haven’t seen in a while…in person.