People who create, write, study, paint, illustrate, or teach need to give themselves permission to use the systems that exist to create space for themselves, so they’re not held captive by the hustle, grind, and burnout culture of more, more, more.
The asynchronous power of batching (using chunks of time to do a bunch of creative work without interruption with the purpose of slow-release over time) has made it possible for me to do what I love (in a slow drip way, without the urgency) and maintain the other important connections in my life without burning out.
In the work that you do, is there any way that you can chunk or clump your time to maximize the feeling of downtime?
I like to have different compartments allocated to different chunks of time.
For example, I might sketch out 3-4 days per month to focus exclusively on my podcast, online content, blogging, and writing. On the days that I’m working or having downtime with my kids, I can allocate 100% of my energy toward that, knowing that I’ll have specified time designated to the side-hustle in my life.
How to Execute:
- Identify the different priorities in your work. home, and personal passion aspects of your life.
- Look at your monthly calendar, weekly scheduler, and daytimer to determine and plan which chunks of time will be allocated to which priority.
- Follow-through. Each day, look at your priorities and give yourself a clear breakdown of how you want your day to go. I promise that your motivation and overall productivity will go way up!