I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this… something happens with life (like having to move, a sick relative, children getting themselves in trouble, or any number of other problems) and you need to put work on the back burner, just for a bit. You focus on getting life back in order and work starts to pile up. Oh well, nothing you can do right now.
Fast forward a week or two later when life is getting under control and it’s time to get back to work. You look at everything you missed. You have hundreds of unread emails from newsletters, 50 blog posts on your RSS reader, not to mention you’re behind on the new challenge you signed up for and your worried your readers have forgotten about you because you haven’t been blogging or emailing. Well… this example may be a little specific because this is exactly how I was feeling when I got back home from my grandma’s 80th birthday and it was time to get back to work. (Remember, I took time off to pack my stuff in boxes for the move and it took nearly two weeks between that and helping the family with some different stuff.)
So, it’s time to sit down and work but all of that stress just bogs me down to the point where I can’t seem to focus on anything. There is so much to do that I end up not doing anything! Well, that’s not going to work… I have a business to run… so how do I deal with it?
If I’m being totally honest, I’m still pretty filled with stress but I’m taking steps to get it under control. Stress is a total killer of creativity and productivity. It’s hard to come up with creative thoughts when you’re busy thinking about your stressors. It’s hard to stay productive when you can’t be creative, especially with what we do for a living.
In the end, my decision was to just get rid of all of that backlog.
- I deleted every email that wasn’t from a client or reader. I’d love to read all those newsletters I got, but that backlog made me more stressed.
- I marked everything in my RSS reader as read. If I have time, maybe I’ll go back and see what people were up to while I was gone.
- I told myself that I don’t need to catch up with the product creation. I’ll start now and see where I am as the challenge comes to an end. If it takes me longer than everyone else, that’s fine. Things happen.
- I put together a freebie for my list that I’ll be sending out today. What better way to say “I’m back!” than with a free gift for my subscribers?
- I planned some time to write for fun instead of just work to get the creative juices flowing. I worked a bit on my fiction novel.
So, what can you expect this from me through this week?
- I won’t be blogging specifically about the product creation challenge but I’ll update you on my progress off and on and I’ll likely blog about the challenges I have along the way. I just won’t be doing daily/weekly posts specifically about the challenge.
- Since I stepped away from Bubblews while I was away, the case study is obviously not being updated. I’m at about $15.80 and once I reach payout threshhold I’ll let you know so we can see if I get paid. I know that’s something a lot of you are wondering about is if they actually pay.
- I’ve got a few more product creation interviews for you. I also emailed a few more people today because everyone seems to enjoy them.
- Some more PLR tutorials will be coming your way!
What do you do when stress kills your creativity or productivity?