Monday, September 17, 2012

Preventing Burn Out

Running your own handmade business is great, you can work in your PJs, your boss always agrees with you, and you get to have fun at work. Most of the time.

Day in and day out creating the same jewelry, bags, soaps, etc. can wear you down. The stress of keeping up with everything can lead to burn out. I hit that point at the beginning of this summer. After preparing for, and selling at, a big event (which went great) I didn't want to even look at clay again for a while. After a self imposed vacation from making jewelry I feel much better than I have in a while. I think I may make time for doing the same again after the holiday season. So here are my tips for avoiding burn out while still keeping the creative juices flowing:

  • Explore a new or different medium. I spent a whole month drawing and painting, neither of these things is new for me but I hadn't done much recently.
  • Make time for yourself. Go running, take long hot baths, get a massage, etc. just focus totally on yourself for a while instead of your business (or partner, or kids).
  • Learn something new that is unrelated to your business. Take a class or watch a lecture series on iTunesU.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Watch Project Runway.
  • Take your camera on a walk and photograph anything that look interesting, resist the urge to look at the photos until you get home.
  • Go to a concert.
These are just a few ideas. What do you do to avoid burn out?
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