This past week was a bit of an eye-opener for me. I have been “running on empty” for the past several months and it’s been taking its toll on me (and my family). I actually put my shop on vacation in an effort to catch up on work and life. I’ve found lately that little things have been falling through the cracks….I can’t keep my calendar straight, paperwork is being left unattended, I have found myself unable to focus on one thing at a time because I just have too much going on, my weekends are filled with work instead of play and simple things like cleaning the house have become quite the chore.
Perhaps the 3 HUGE cups of coffee I drink each day is what tipped me off – or maybe it is the fact that my body is now “trained” to wake up at 4am to work. Perhaps it was the fact that I am un-reasonably stressed out about losing an hour of work to go to the dentist….I suppose the light bulb went off and my mind started screaming at me that it was time to pull back when my daughter said “Mommy, you work too much”.
SO….I’ve made the decision to SLOW DOWN for a while. What does this mean? Well, a few things really…
1. I have decided that Scrappy Saturday can no longer be a weekly occurance. I really love doing it, and will continue to post as often as I can, but the reality of creating a new tutorial each and every week is just too tedious at this point in time. I will continue to post tutorials – don’t worry, but I just can’t commit to every week.
2. I am going to limit the number of custom orders I take each month. The reality of being a one-person manufacturer/business owner with two children under 5 means I need to accept that I can do only so much. I cannot work full-time!
3. No more waking up at 4am. Hopefully this will cure my current coffee addiction!
4. I am going to spend more time enjoying life instead of stressing about how many orders I need to get done each day.
So, there it is. I am not super-human and cannot continue on this crazy path and maintain my sanity. Don’t get me wrong, Sewplicity™will continue to exist, however I am going to change the way in which I manage it!
Now….off to figure out how to implement the changes! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.