Something that has definitely been on my agenda for the past couple of years is how to become less busy.
Part of having a big family assumes that I have given up on being unbusy. The concept of ‘free’ time is laughable, quite literally. However, I’m determined to find my ways of discovering and just being me more often.
Then combine that with the fact that I’m always thinking of things from a business perspective. Often I’m inspired and go down rabbit holes of how I could turn x, y or z into a project, a beautiful source of income, freedom, a product, a community, or what not.
Rabbit hole journeys are mostly just ideas, things that I like to think and write about. Having time to spend on rabbit holes is important to me. They create learning and discovery opportunities for me.
Adam J. Kurtz, author of Things Are What You Make of Them has rewritten the maxim for modern creatives: “Do what you love and you’ll
never work a day in your lifework super fucking hard all the time with no separation or any boundaries and also take everything extremely personally.” Which, aside from being relatable to anyone who has tried to make money from something they truly care about, speaks to an underrepresented truth: those with passion careers can have just as much career anxiety as those who clock in and out of the mindless daily grind.
So, at the moment, being unbusy for me is about:
- Switching off the tech, not being a digital hostage.
- Investing in my health, mostly this is running.
- Not feeling obliged to turn things into bigger projects.
- Having a ‘day job’ is totally ok, I now have a stricter view that my business is my/a day job.
- Finding time to read, real physical books.
- Just chilling out with the family, without feeling I need to rush or do things.
- Investing in my learning, self development and rabbit holes, this is so important to me and something I need and want to keep pushing for.
- Ensuring that I check in with myself and that I feel happy with how and who I am spending my time with.