I find it very hard to switch off.
|This is a real old pic now, but let’s roll with it.|
I’m writing this as I sit on a train back to London on a sunny Sunday evening, the perfect time to relax and forget the rest of the world. I first thought of this post on a train out of London on a rainy Friday evening, again, another great time to sit back and completely turn off. Instead I found myself scrawling away into one of the many notepads that sit at the bottom of my bags and coat pockets.
It’s hard to draw the line of ‘motivated go-getter’ and ‘workaholic’, or rather ‘hobbyholic’ (doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?) as the things I find myself caught up in aren’t exactly paying the bills. I’m always thinking about what I can write, what I can create, how I can turn the moment I’m experiencing into something that I can relive over and over. How can I make better use of my time than hitting ‘play next’ on Netflix?
This is the curse of being your own boss in some capacity, I imagine being freelance and self-employed full time only magnifies this intensely. There’s no end of the day when it’s your own projects, there’s no leaving the office when it’s your own home. Many of the boundaries seperating life from work simply don’t exist. How can you say that you’ve done enough or been productive enough when there aren’t set times to get your work done?
When you’re in charge, you’re in charge. Be that with thinking of content, of thinking of new ideas, but you’re also in charge of yourself and keeping you happy, healthy and as stress-free as possible. That’s a lot of responsibility for one person!
How do you find switching off? Is it easy, is it hard, is it something you’re an expert at or something you’ve never considered?