There are days where we get into the zone, put our phones on DND, and crank out a lot of work. I can't tell you how many editing sprees I've gone on. I pick a playlist station on Spotify, stock up on my coffee, and just plug into Lightroom like my life depends on it. There's no funny business. And those days are necessary. We have to work hard to keep our businesses afloat. But we also know that work and no play will result in a burnt out, uninspired person, unmotivated person.
Unfortunately, especially if your creative business is not your full time gig, there is only so much time we can commit to working the side dream. Something has to give, whether its laundry, your business, or some self-care. Cutting out your creative small business doesn't feel like an option because it's what keeps you going amidst the frustrations and gruel of your 9-5. I know. I've been there. But you've looked at your schedule and aside from a shower and scrolling through instagram while you use the bathroom (don't lie to me, we all do it), there's not a whole lot of wiggle room to refresh your body and mind.
Seasons like this requires us to be flexible and be okay with coloring outside the lines. It's okay to work and play at the same time.
This past week, we had a meeting scheduled with another small business that we are partnering with. We wanted to bounce ideas off one another and talk through what the business relationship is going to look like. However, one of the ladies had a birthday, and both Jessica and I were running on fumes with the intense summer schedule. One of suggested we had a pool day, so we hatched a plan to work poolside. My type-A self struggled with this concept, but in hindsight I realize the benefits, and I'm here to tell you it's ok to work and play at the same time. Sometimes we have to. And while it wasn't the most efficient working session, it was relaxing and even productive. I walked a way refreshed without the guilt of wasting time.