“If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day.”
“If you want to be a basketball player, you have to play basketball every day.”
“If you want to be a property manager, you have to sell a house…”
No matter your calling, it has been drilled into us that we need to practice until our hands, legs or brain explode.
With that kind of self-imposed pressure, it’s no wonder people are too scared to take the first steps toward achieving their vocational goals!
Yes, you need to work hard.
Yes, you need to be dedicated.
Yes, you most certainly need to see your craft as a labour of love and not a means to an end.
But that doesn’t mean you need to kill yourself to get there.
Here’s what you should do instead, or, a rough guide on how to maintain your sanity and still pursue your calling:
1) Set boundaries. This is a big one, often forgotten but super-important. Telling your family and friends of your new venture, and the days and times you’ll be available, is essential.
And they might forget, occasionally. But reminding them of your new commitments doesn’t make you a horrible person. It just means you are taking yourself seriously!
2) Set a schedule. There are plenty of apps and programs out there, such as Asana, for just this purpose! Or, you can do it old school — which is what I personally prefer — and keep a written schedule / timetable!
Decide what you will tackle on which day and how much time you will set aside for these tasks. Don’t forget to include a weekly brainstorming / sketching / goal-redefining session!
3) Break your goals and tasks down into edible, bite sized chunks.
For example, don’t plan to “write a novel,” “run a marathon,” or “paint a masterpiece” on Thursday morning.
Instead, draft a chapter and work on character descriptions. Do some strength training and a one hour run. Experiment with colours and seek inspiration.
4) Relax! Take breaks throughout your work day, and decide which days will be work free to indulge your other interests.
Catch up with friends, call your family, or just order pizza and watch Netflix. Whatever tickles ya!!! But make the time to reward yourself and to recharge your batteries…
Because no one deserves it more than you!
Live what you love, but don’t forget to nurture yourself along the way.