Day 24// A couple of months ago we were gearing up for our big move to Los Angeles. There was so much planning to do — organize a garage sale, sell leftover materials from the Gussy studio, pray for a job for Zack, save save SAVE money!, find a new OB doc, and of course lots + lots of details pertaining to Gussy Sews. I scaled back in a big way with a few things because I knew I would forget about important details if I was too overwhelmed. I didn’t want to have incomplete projects when we pulled out of our driveway. And, I wanted to make sure I had enough time to make the right choices for the blog + shop. Now that we’re here it’s time to regain our momentum, and I have with a lot of things, but there are still a lot of things that remain unfinished: there’s hiring to do, blog posts to write, emails to reply to, a home to maintain, and more. All of which are very important tasks. Even though I scaled back a bit I still find myself feeling really overwhelmed at times, unable to move forward. I’m learning stressful situations don’t motivate me, instead they set me back — and I recognize these feelings as unnecessary.
So, I’m in search of a great, long-term solution :) Know of any? Leave ‘em in the comments!
Here’s how I move forward when I have a lot going on: first, I take a few minutes to be quiet and slow my thoughts down. Then I make a list of everything on my mind. E V E R Y T H I N G! Lists are good for me because they help me to regain my focus, and like Zack reminds me, once my list has been made I almost always realize it’s way bigger in my head than on paper. Which is totally reassuring.
Homework// Take some time to think about your biggest obstacle, separating you from handmade success. Now back up a few steps, what happens that brings you to being in front of that obstacle? What can you eliminate or re-work so you are able to move forward?
Perhaps you too have trouble moving forward with something relating to your handmade business? The decisions you have to make, the things you’ll have to say no to — the things you know you must say yes to!, and the brand you are working so hard to represent… What kind of challenges are you facing right now?