One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had with self-employment is taking time off. It’s really easy to become wrapped up in work when it’s well… right here. It’s easy to work for a few hours on a Saturday morning or a Sunday evening. It’s easy to work late on weekdays. Where do you draw the line? I have to draw the line myself. I don’t have paid vacation (at least in the sense that most people know it) so I’m not pressed by a superior to take vacation days before they expire, when practicing self-care.
I took about 10 days off this summer. But I have not become accustomed to regular vacation outside of that. I will take time off during the holidays and I have taken a few extended weekends here and there. In any case, lately I’ve been feeling a little burnout. It’s challenging to distinguish burnout from lack of motivation – at least for me. At first I thought I was just being lazy. Then I realized I had been pushing myself pretty hard since oh… mid August. Gee, maybe it’s time for a break?
This week I’m taking it easy, working a fewer hours and practicing self-care. What does that look like? Here’s what I have planned: