Creative Idea's and loosing days?
When starting a new blog (to go with the new site) where do you start? with the highs and lows of the past year or the bright and foil shiny things to come?
In the last 2 years my stationery business has got off the ground, is now turning over regular income and is starting to give me and the husband a better and more creative lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, working from home on a creative business is amazing and a dream come true but at the same time there is also the bad sides as well and ones i often get caught out by and have started to put things in place to correct:
1. Loneliness - yes that's right, all that amazing quiet time in my own house to work and no one to talk to.......... except the cats. It can be hard to lone work, and even hard to lone work from home. The constant isolation can impact your mood, your drive and your social life, it gets easier and easier to not get out of bed in the morning because, well, you don't have to. I've made this easier by journaling and scheduling my day, making myself go for a walk, even if it's just round the block and joining a few clubs. Plus we have 3 cats who constantly distract, demand and if all else fails, sit on my keyboard. These 3 amazing characters break up my day and help with the isolation
2. Loosing my Days, anyone seen Tuesday..........? it sounds funny, but it's not. Days tick by and all merge into one giving no two days apart anything to define them. I use my scheduling and clubs to help so i know up from down and Monday from Friday.
3. Creative burnout, sounds odd when you work in a creative industry, however I've found out recently this is more common than I thought. In fact you could say that a lot of people suffer from this without evening knowing. You have creative idea after idea, you work 4 hours on that one, 2 hours on another, 6 hours on those and before you know it you've been doing 12 hour days and your mind is struggling to function, to come up with ideas and what you do come up with is not worth the time you spent on it. You need to renew your creative juices often of you will dry up like a well in a desert, i go for walks or organise trips out with the husband to some viewpoint in the mountains or pick a random castle to go visit. A lot of my inspiration for my Scottish stationery is often found on these trips and is a great way to recharge yourself.
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."
I'd love to hear about any of your issues of lone working, whether it's from home or to a remote studio space, even a shed in your back garden can isolate you. Let me know in the comments and watch this space for more weird and wonderful, cat filled blog posts!