I have so many ideas in my head that I want to process – writing them down and sharing them here is a great way for me to ensure that I keep generating new ideas and the creative juices pumping.
I love sharing on a daily basis and try to encourage other people to keep sketching regularly. I also love the discipline of producing something every work day – a new article is a tangible achievement and creates a feeling that I have done my work for the day. This is very important when you work for yourself at home.
But my workload has been consistently increasing over the last 18 months and there is no doubt that I am stretched thin. I really need some help with the admin side of things but before I do anything concrete about finding someone for that, I need to work out which tasks I can delegate and put some systems in place.
I’ve have known for a long time that I need to scale back the output here on the blog, but I love doing it so much that I have been ignoring the issue. I’ve been just hoping that I will work out a way to do more quick articles so it takes less time. But last week I finally accepted the fact that what I’m doing at the moment isn’t sustainable and that I need to carve out time to document some of my processes. So I am going to intentionally convert some of my writing time (normally a hour or so at 6:00am each day) into ‘creating processes’ time. Once I have some admin help I will then be able to go back to doing the things I love.
Behind the Scenes:
Right at the moment I am completely swamped with coordinating and producing material for a massive upgrade to my SketchingNow site. It’s all consuming and for all the architects who are reading this, it is very much like putting a tender package for a large commercial building! It’s exciting and scary at the same time and requires my full focus.
So, the long and short of it is that I’m going to stop writing 5 articles a week.
At this stage I am not sure what the new frequency will be but it will be one a week at the minimum. The important thing is that I’m not putting any pressure on myself to stick to a regular schedule. I might end up doing more spontaneous posts to my Instagram feed and have a little fun doing Instagram stories… but we’ll just have to wait and see what feels right!
I know that there are a lot of people who start their day reading my latest post, so I am sorry to break this ritual. I hope that you all understand that I haven’t made this decision lightly.
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Ok, blog post is written, morning coffee is sketched, so it must be time to get back to work!