Work Can Be Self Care Too? New outlook, who dis?

A guide on if it’s OK to work more than usual & raising up your productivity rate

There are different subject to consider here when one says, “work”.

  • There’s the job that you show up to and leave there once your hours are up for the day.
  • Then there’s the job that you take home with you a bit even after clocking out.
  • Then there’s a career that has 6 month & annual evaluations to see where you are.
  • Then there’s the new entrepreneur / business owner that is hustling 20 hour days.
  • Then there’s the seasoned business owner who shows up whenever they feel like it.

When people say the word “work”, these are all the things I’m unpacking in my head. 

So it all depends on how you look at the word and what it represents.

For this case, I’m specifically going to talk about business owners. All kinds. Brick and mortar, digital, service – based, you name it.

🙏May you have clear skin and a relaxing day. 💋Happy Sunday! 💕

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At the end of the day what we’re trying to avoid is burnout.

If there is something that you’re extremely passionate about and you want to send that vision into the world it’s something you have to chase. Finding or creating a world that aligns with your purpose is a lot of work. 

But some just love it no matter what people say about how many hours they should be working, or how many hydrating face masks we should be wearing.

Doing your thing should lift you up, not bring you down.

And if you do something you’re endlessly passionate about, it’s hard to leave at the end of the day. This is your marriage, your love story, or even your child.

People think it’s cruel to take a child away from their parent(s), so why would one do that with the work they’ve created?

The Burnout Cycle

The media that we create – social media was created by people and the people on there wanted to use it to have their own version of media that just imitated the initial media ironically – teach us to have balance.

This means if we’re going hardcore into something we shouldn’t. We should take a break with a Pomodoro style schedule and move onto something else, instead of pushing ourselves to do the most at the one subject while we can. 

Furthermore, there’s a lot of, “Ok, my alarm went off, now I have to do my sheet mask, because self care.” We’re doing what we think we’re supposed to be doing, because someone else told us to, not because that’s how our body feels.

We need to listen to our minds and if we’re in the zone, we can’t let go of it, because that’s the time where the best work is produced. If the alarm goes off, disregard it, because you don’t know the next time this will happen again, life is short, and I have gold spewing out of my fingers right now.

With this said, I also am not motivating people to do something too late for their own good. 

For instance, if you’re working all day and you’re ignoring signs your body is giving to you like not drinking water when it’s thirsty, not going to the bathroom, or staying in one place to long without stretching, you need to not do this haha. 

You will overextend yourself and find that you’re burning yourself out until you move on to another task and burn yourself out in that next endeavour.

If you’re burning yourself out just to burn yourself out some more in another realm of your life, that’s not what I’m pushing.]

How to combat this

Find some middle ground in your productivity. Know exactly what helps you move the needle in what you’re doing the fastest, most efficient way possible. Then find the average point you normally peter out.

That point is where you’ll find your productivity to still be sustainable, but just at a much slower, stunted pace. It’s a signifier that you need a break from doing anything at all, or simply from that task. 

Personally, my top peak performance I have in being productive is the first 5 hours of the day.

  • 3 hours of hard, focused work wherever it’s placed 
  • 2 hours of analyzing what I’ve done, or doing some more in a different subject 
  • After, I rest with smaller grunt work tasks, or just relax altogether. 

Mostly relax entirely.

Then plan a small list of things to do for tomorrow for full max potential productivity!

There is no scented candle in the world that will give me the feeling that I’ve gotten enough done today.

I heard a hilarious quote that is so true when you’re a service – based entrepreneur:

“If you’re getting burnout, you’re not getting paid enough.” True.

I forgot.

However, I also realized that if you love what you’re doing, you’re probably not doing it for the money. And if you stay consistent with the same level of passion — or more — you’ll be successful and the money will follow.

I have to be honest that I’m not worried about making money all the time from blogging, or posting about my life on social media. It truly is to connect with people and have fun for me! It’s also not my main source of income, but does give some good padding for what I am doing in my business and hope it grows!

On the other hand, hope is not a strategy. That’s why I work [as a sense of catharsis]. People say the expression, “Throw myself into my work,” as if it was how to handle a negative situation. 

But I do that when things are still fine too haha. Work is great! I created it, so if I don’t like it, I should probably change what I’m doing.

Do you have a hustle for what you love? Are you a business owner? What are some things you absolutely love about your work? I always love hearing from you in the comments below! 

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