REJUVENATION

Last week I took the week off. Right in the midst of gearing up for production. This past year has left me mostly weekend-less and working late at night almost every night. I love working on Eenvoud, but once our Kickstarter rolled past $10k, I was done. Nothing left to give – no energy, no drive, no will to work. I burned myself out and I burnt myself good.

Roatán is a small island off the eastern coast of Honduras and is known for it’s incredible diving (it’s surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world, second only to The Great Barrier Reef). I went with friends and family, I didn’t bring my laptop and I left my phone on airplane mode, checking it only once at night for anything urgent. I spent the mornings reading and drinking coffee near the water, the days in meditation 60 feet underwater and the evenings watching the sun set with friends, rum punch and baleadas. Nobody around us had cell phones out at any point in the day, and without that constant urge to check my email or Instagram, I was able to fully experience the place that I was in and be with the people that I was with. And it felt so damn good.

I came back with drive – my tank re-filled, and with more than just rum. Spending that week in Roatan made me realize how much fully checking out helps to keep me happy and full of energy when I need to be on. Even when I do take days off, I still find myself constantly checking email and social media. It’s like having an app running in the background – it still drains your battery.

So I’ve decided to try something new this summer. In honor of working hard AND enjoying all of the little things that make life what it is. Here are the rules:

  • No working on the weekends unless absolutely necessary
  • No checking email or checking social media on the weekends
  • If I do need to do work, do so more consciously – give myself a few hours to get in and get out. No email or social media checking allowed.

I’d love to hear what you do to rejuvenate. Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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  1. Nichole @ Who Goes Wear
    Nichole @ Who Goes Wear says:

    Oh wow, did this hit home. I got back to San Francisco a little more than 2 months ago after taking a 6 month travel sabbatical, and the change of pace was dramatic, real, and (initially) a little overwhelming. I still have weeks that feel overcrowded and over-media’d, but have found success with drawing lines similar to the ones you mentioned. Making time for sleep, play, and social is so important, but it can be a struggle to shut down work when it feels like your To Do list is a mile long. I’m so glad to hear that you were able to get away for a while and are feeling more in control now – you produce beautiful work, and the last thing anyone would want is to see you burn out!

    Best of luck, and thank you for your elegant and minimal designs. 🙂
    Warmly,
    Nichole

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