It’s been too long since I posted on here, and my last two posts were quite depressing to be honest. Re-reading them made me realize it took me this long to recover from that. If you don’t know what I am talking about, don’t bother going back to read them, I basically wrote about going through a burnout and having difficulty finding balance. No, I still haven’t found balance.
And no, this isn’t another post about me trying to find balance. I have realized there is no such thing as finding balance, it’s a few different factors on how you manage your time and your priorities. Not one formula. The key is to create a routine and sticking to it, a routine that includes enough time for work and fun. My initial approach when I started out was unorganized, I did what I wanted to when I wanted to but as soon as I started getting high workload that plan didn’t work out well. I got buried in work, which I handled quite well but at the cost of compromising all the fun time with friends and family. It didn’t matter much to me then, I loved what I did and enjoyed every moment of it.
They call it work for a reason, and when you love work it could be considered a curse because it never ends. I used to work non-stop and didn’t mind it, but then it started sucking all the creativity out of me eventually. I needed a short break, so I took one. While on my break I got too invested in a relationship, and withdrew from everyone. That was my alone time and I liked it, but little did I know there were consequences. That short break from work turned into a few months and I started slacking at work. The relationship didn’t work out. I got trapped in my withdrawn state, stuck with no plan to get out of it, it took me unexpectedly. Too much of anything is bad, something I learned the hard way. Thankfully I have some really good friends who walked me out of it but there was something that always got in the way that killed all motivation I had. And that is when I realized that was life, and this is what growing up was like. There will always be something you just have to walk past it.
Not all the time was wasted though, I’ve been working on some really cool stuff behind the scenes. Just haven’t been making the noise, was waiting for the right time. I just couldn’t go off the grid and be back with nothing, that’s not me. I have kept all the bragging for the year in review post, you can read it there. And about my quest to balance, I think I have it under control. I have a well-made schedule with set hours for work and fun. I’ve been working hard to keep up with sleep and gym times, I’ve found out sticking to your schedule helps a great deal. Setting work hours has been extremely hard, can’t just stop working. I tackle that by making sure I don’t just work on client projects but put some time into fun personal projects to keep the creative juices flowing.
I have seen a lot of people working tirelessly day and night doing a good job at it but almost all of them have burned out at some point, and then struggled to get back up. I sympathize with them, I’ve learned you have to create balance. It doesn’t happen on its own, nor do you find it.
Image Credit: By Jeff Sheldon