My day job is crazy at this time of year. The end of financial year is full of deadlines and pressure. During this time I arrive home exhausted and have spent the entire day staring at computer screens and spreadsheets and my eyes are usually more tired than the rest of me.
I am pumped up as I review my goals and progress but my energy levels don’t match.
Trying to be creative when things are crazy is hard.
But it is possible.
Be aware when there are other things happening in your life that you don’t have to maintain the same momentum with your creative work. Prioritise your work and work on the most important first. It is ok to leave things. As much as we want to, there are times when we can’t do it all.
Make sure you get plenty of rest. When you are worn out from the day job it is crazy to try and sit up most of the night to write – you won’t get anything productive done. Rest first.
Do something fun to give yourself a boost. We all go through these times and they will pass. Sometimes we need a treat just to make it through. Allow yourself the time, spend time reading a book for fun, take the kids to the cinema or the park. Sometimes free time away from all pressures is just what you need.
Use other times. I like to get up early and write, although recently this writing time has transformed into my social media time. Being too tired after work to write, I have switched it back. I’m writing in the morning when I’m fresh and then I’m not feeling as guilty in the evening when I can’t write more.
Take the time now, so that you can put the time in later.
What can you do right now to recharge your energy levels?