I never thought I would say this, but I’m actually thankful that I got this horrible flu last week. Headaches, a constantly stuffy nose, and endless coughing aside, I needed that break from work. There was no way I could maintain the crazy hours required to juggle dozens of projects, two boys (on a school holiday), a household to run, a blog to update, social media pages to manage, and all while my part time help is away on home leave. It was exhausting to be “on” all the time, always worrying about my brand, whether I was sticking to my editorial calendar, or marketing my services properly. This is on top of actually working in my business – coding websites, designing visual brand identities, painting illustrations – the parts that I actually love to do.
What was last week like, apart from being surrounded by a cloud of used tissues? It was glorious! My parents are here, so my mum took over the kitchen and my dad entertained the boys. I spent hours in bed, curled up with books (Cuckoo’s Calling and then The Silkworm, both really good) and hot ginger tea. There was no marketing plan to think of (goodness knows I really couldn’t think at all, with my phlegm-filled head), no social media strategy to implement, no posts to write, no coding problem to solve. It was heavenly.
Having your own business and working from home is exhilerating, but it can also be exhausting. We all need to take breaks once in a while to recharge and to catch up on everything else going on in our lives. And while it’s totally admirable to work while you’re sick, and I’m guilty of this sometimes, it’s also absolutely pointless. You won’t be at your best, and you won’t be doing everyone else any favors by operating at less than 100%. There’s no need to drive yourself into the ground.
How about you? Do you take breaks from your business or your blog?
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