New project: Fitness 198

I miss drawing!

I miss drawing!

 

One evening not too long, I sat down at a local coffee shop snuggled up in double-layered workout gear. I had whipped out my sketchbook and phone and just started sketching away. It’s been a while since I’ve sketched out any of my ideas and started on a large project so I was more than excited when my co-worker said that she may be interested in a logo/flyer creation for her crossfit box.

This was 3 weeks ago and I now have 5 final sketches of potential logos along with business card sketches, flyers, and even potential products that may contain her future logo. Unlike past projects, I’ve been logging in the hours so that I may (hopefully) set this time aside from my schedule in the future. It’s been a delicate balance however. Because I want to give my all during the day, I have been putting my day job first. But trying to be the best for my students requires hours and hours outside from work (especially) when it’s your first year teaching the subject.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1/ Don’t “over” promise

I underestimated the amount of driving I was going to do during Thanksgiving break which is when the bulk of the work was going to be done. I honestly believed I would have more time to myself but ended up spending it mostly with family (which is not a bad thing, but still). To top it off, I spent over 20 hours on the road and silently cursed at how big Texas really is. So in the future, setting conservative goals and being realistic will  help with the completion of the project.

 

2/ Log your time consistently and keep them informed.

This way in the future you can figure out how long it REALLY takes you to get something accomplished. When you’re not working within a deadline, it’s easy to either put your work aside until the indefinite future or get caught up in little details for too long. Keep a mental check of work that needs to be done and know when it’s time to move on.

 

3/ Purposely set time aside for “your time”

“If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”

-Or at least that is how the saying goes. After another long night at work, one of my coworkers finally said that “me” time was in order and suggested I should go home and take a break. My “break” tends to be writing, working out, or any creative project I have decided to take on. This has not happened in a while and I was letting my work seep into what was supposed to be time for myself. Letting work takeover your whole life will quickly lead to burn out.  I was really close to letting that happen earlier this year.

 

#Unplugged

During these past few months, I have also been mindful of my internet consumption and life online. I am currently sitting on 1 month without Facebook and bare minimum usage of Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It’s all a part of re-prioritizing my life to include art, reading, and understanding the beauty of quiet. So far, I have found myself to be more creative, have been churning out more ideas than I had been in months. I was mostly inspired by the #Unplugged series at FastCo and other self-proclaimed tech detoxers I have read in various different blogs.

It’s been beautiful, I feel more grounded and I think I am feeling less like Lucy.