These last two weeks have kicked my butt. In fact, January in general has kicked my butt.
Between longer than usual full-time working hours, freelancing, attempting to maintain a social life, and running on nowhere near enough sleep as I should be because of it, I don’t mind admitting I’m really rather exhausted.
I thought twice about sharing this on my blog. If you scroll back through my previous posts you’ll find one about balancing full-time work and freelancing and that couldn’t be a less accurate representation of what I’m doing right now which made me feel like I’d taken a step backwards. After floating the idea on Instagram earlier in the week though, I soon realised I wasn’t the only one feeling like this, plus sharing the downs as well as the ups of freelance life is something I think is so important.
So, here I am, very much in the middle of a creative funk and not attempting to hide it. Instead, I’m making a conscious effort to get out of it and thought I’d share the ways in which I’m doing that for any fellow business owners who know all too well how it feels.
Relaxing the rules
I’m a sucker for a schedule so relaxing the rules is easier said than done for me but I’ve had no choice but to take the pressure off recently. A blog post a week just hasn’t been possible so I’ve let myself off for not writing one. The same goes for posting consistently on Instagram, taking photos and pretty much anything that’s required more than minimum brain power. Forcing creativity just isn’t something I’m very good at so I’ve given myself permission to take a step back on the content creation front.
Going back to basics
I found myself staring at the same word document for over an hour the other day, not because the content was particularly difficult, but because I just couldn’t articulate myself how I wanted to.
In an effort to get out of my own head, I started writing it out on paper instead and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I’m very much a paper kind of person anyway when it comes to writing lists and organising my time so I suppose it makes sense. Granted it does take a little longer but the process itself is something I’ve found strangely therapeutic and have stuck with since. Even this post was scribbled out the old-fashioned way before it became digital. If the words just won’t come out, I recommend giving it a go.
I’ve gotten into a pretty good routine of reading before bed at this point but I’ve been making an extra effort to get the screen-free hours in, especially since I’ve had to be on my phone so much for work recently.
I’m not sure if it’s the reading itself or the book I’m currently making my way through (An Edited Life by Anna Newton) but I’m enjoying losing myself in a book and nerding out on new ways to organise my work, life and home. Reading might not be your thing but finding something that frees you up some headspace in general is so necessary.
Have you ever found yourself in a creative funk? How did you get out of it?