Eat a cheese, coleslaw and mustard sandwich out in the sunshine …
Is it the curse of people who work at home? The blurring of home/work time. Always being ‘in the office’ or just ‘popping upstairs’ to do some work, or work on a new idea?
I love my job that I have made for myself, I love being able to change my hours to suit my creative spirit and work around my family. I LOVE getting a little inspiration and popping upstairs to work in it sometimes. I don’t think I have the discipline or linear mind required to go to a workshop and work, then leave it all there.
BUT that comes with a downside. Perhaps you would agree with me, here – it’s so easy to never be really at work nor at home! I am not always the most productive person, and am given to distraction (no, you cry). I find that I feel I always have to play catch up.
There’s always more to do! Maybe it’s running my own website, basically my own shop-front and keeping it stocked, replenished, the photography fresh, writing the copy and all the other things that are involved outside of making orders and stocking galleries.
I tend to feel I shouldn’t take a little time off to walk out the back of my house in the woods, or sit in the garden eating my lunch.
So, with the lovely weather we’ve had the last few days, I did just that. I gave myself a lunchtime off, and sat in my garden. I took the time to make a cheese, coleslaw and mustard sandwich, instead of smearing hummus on toast at high speed and going back upstairs.
And it felt lovely! I realised I hadn’t really pottered in the garden like this for weeks.
I’ve decided that some proper time off would in turn make me more productive when I was supposed to be working. I’m going to try more of this, let’s see how it pans out. Take a few more lunches outside, and see what’s going in. I’ve always been obsessed with the small, and like to get up close to things (great for a jewellery maker). It’s surprising that I found all this outside in half an hour in the sunshine, in my garden, today.
Do you work for yourself from home? I’d love to hear about your work /life balance and how you achieve it.