The run up to Christmas is a super-busy time of year for makers and this year I for one am pretty work out. I don’t want to feel like this again next year so I’m planning ahead!
The no more December burn-out plan is launched.
1. Don’t move house or take on and big stress projects
2. Spread the work
- build up retail stock earlier & develop a stock storage system
- increase wholesale
- inspired by my accountant I am also looking at ways to run the business in ways that suit me and using incentives to encourage others to sign up
3. Increase personal resilience
- for this one I am looking at limiting the total number of days I work in a year to keep space for rest and social activities as well as non-financial creative stuff. There’ll still be more worknig days in Nov/Dec but then less at other times so that there is a better balance overall
- weekly walks and swims
- getting help
4. Develop work I can be confident in
- i’ve had some technical issues in the last month and want to get these sorted so they don’t recur at an inopportune moment
- i want to experiment with single colour pieces
- try some less time-consuming bowl designs
- carry on improving throwing skills, maybe do a master class?
- I also want to develop some bigger items such as teapots and serving platters as well as more creative one-off pieces
5. Increase sales in other months
- apply for shows across the year
- check out trade shows with a view to applying next year
- sell those higher value pieces
Some of the points will only be relevant to me and I’m sharing mainly to encourage myself commit to the plan. But if you’d like to take up some of it too that would be great. Conversely if you have found other ways of banishing burn-out from your life I’d love to hear about it.
Whilst flicking about the internet looking for images I came across a couple of articles suggesting that burnout was not simply about working too much, but rather about giving out more than you are receiving and about resenting what working hard is causing you to miss. so a late addition to this version of the plan is:
6. Attend to balance and priorities
- find ways to receive what is needed in order to be able to keep giving out
- identify what is too important to miss – and structure work so that it doesn’t get in the way