Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that staying busy is not always best - we need time for rest. I feel like Dr. Seuss as I write that, but it's the truth! And this is your reminder :)
Since the very beginning of Sage Paper Co., I have had a totally different work (and life) schedule. My hours are longer, I have additional errands and meetings and I never know what kind of projects are going to pop up (which is so exciting, but sometimes stressful!). I work on the weekends and try to make sure I keep up with everything that's going on + get ahead if I can. Running a small business is hard work, people!
So this week I thought I’d reiterate how much I really value rest for the soul. I want to take the time to remind you (and myself) that being busy all the time isn't necessary, nor is it healthy! Taking time for yourself is so so so worthwhile, and in the long run it ends up being just as beneficial for your productivity. My Take Time art print is my constant reminder of this.
Some of you may be reading this and thinking, "I have no time at all this week, or next week for that matter, to rest and take time for myself" - and I totally get that. Life gets in the way, work gets in the way and deadlines have to be met. Sometimes we want/need the rest, but we don't always get to - and that's okay. BUT, whenever your heavy load lessens a little, take that chance and schedule some time for you and your well being.
You know the saying, “you can do anything, but not everything?” That is my current life motto! I think that it's so easy to get caught up in the notion that you could be doing absolutely anything you want/need to do right now. Think of all of the freedom of choice you have available right at your fingertips! You can reorganize your desk to make your workflow easier, you could start cleaning your messy (my messy) house, you could learn a new skill, the list goes on and on. The other day I was thinking about how I want to revamp the website + this page a little bit to make the navigation and design more user friendly. Naturally, I started thinking about every inch of the website and instantly wanted to re-do the whole thing. Baby steps, friends. Baby steps. It's so mentally draining to be thinking of the gazillion other things on your to-do list when you're trying to create or do something else.
I feel like I see so many other creatives posting about this same concept, all in different ways. Doesn’t it make you feel good to read posts like this? It’s nice to read this kind of thing coming from someone else because it lets you know that other people agree and feel the same way - and it's actually okay to take a break! You are allowed to rest, it's not against the rules :) And it’s not like you really need the permission to spend time relaxing and recharging, but sometimes it almost feels like if we are the ones telling ourselves to rest, it's basically like slacking off. But I am here to tell you it's not at all.
We follow Lara Casey Isaacson on Instagram and frequent her website every now and again (I really want to read her book Make It Happen!). She wrote about the notion of 'chasing perfect' and in an Instagram post a while back. She posted a photo that read “choose purpose over perfect.” In that same post she says, “Over time the impossible standards we set for ourselves become the measuring stick for our worth. We start to believe that if we don’t measure up, we aren’t enough.” -- But we are enough and will always be enough. If we don't get the whole house clean today, if we don't learn that new skill, the world will not end and future (less busy) days will allow for these things to be done.
I think this whole concept is definitely something I am going to try and always keep in the back of my mind (or maybe I'll move it to the front so I never forget). Please remember though, you really don't have to do it all. I know each of you has a different kind of busy you keep, but I would just like to tell you that you don't have to be superwoman (or superman). Let your body and soul rest. Go on a mini vacation, read a book you've been putting off, go outside on a hike and forget about the rest of the world, listen to Missy Higgins "Warm Whispers," have some hot tea - whatever lets you rest.
Big note before ending: Daylight savings is this weekend and we are FALLING BACK! A guaranteed reward of rest that comes once a year to bring in the colder months is THIS weekend. If you are super busy this weekend (like me) I'm challenging you to take that extra hour and rest. You deserve it! And you normally wouldn't have this extra hour 364 of the other days in the year, so this is a serious treat. Enjoy it :)
Ps. I'd love to hear your plans for your extra hour this weekend + what other things help you to relax and recharge! Comment below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!