Breaks

Taking a break during a period of momentum

October 28, 2019

One of the hardest things to do when you have so much momentum is to take a break. Hard work pays off and lately I’m feeling paid off. But also a bit overwhelmed. 

I want to be great so bad, I have set unrealistic expectations for my capacity. I am just one man after all, but I want to do it all. 

Previously in my life “doing it all” lead to burnt out. During those times it was because I wasn’t exercising balance. Doing too much of one thing and letting all other areas of my life suffer. 

But this is different

I exercise balance which by the way is extremely hard when you have a lot on your plate, but even more important the busier you become.

Burnout isn’t my problem. 

Signing up for too much is. I’ve been saying yes to every single opportunity that comes my way, and despite how grateful I am for each opportunity, I’m still just one man.

I have projects that I haven’t even started on and yet I’m saying yes to new work. I signed a lease for a new apartment weeks ago and I won’t have a free moment to move into it for another week or so. If that isn’t a sign I’m too busy, I’m not sure what is. 

Not a complaint, just a reality check. 

I’m checking in with myself and realizing, I’ve maxed out my capacity. 

So this week I did something I really didn’t want to do, because momentum is so high. I took a break from making YouTube videos for my channel. Growth has been exponential and I’m incredibly grateful for all of it. It’s got to the point where people are actually supporting me on Patreon and so I feel obligated to deliver them value. In fact, I owe them that value. 

Just like I owe my clients completed projects. 

And just like I owe the readers of this newsletter, a weekly newsletter. 

I’m so hungry for opportunity, I took on too much without even realizing it. 

It’s a humbling experience, but one that was needed. 

So I took a step back and evaluated everything on my plate and developed a plan to straighten out my schedule. Taking a break from videos was a hard decision to make, but one that made the most sense. Videos take 3-4 days to make and I post them twice a month. Plus they give the least amount of return for my time. 

This will probably hurt my growth rate and upset a few of my fans, but being realistic with myself and others around me about what I can and can’t do is something I need to get better at. 

What about you?

Have you ever been in this situation? What did you do?

Waldo
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