Friday, January 29, 2010

Lilac Break


Failing at taking a day off today. So much sewing I should be doing! Its almost 9am and I feel behind already. Thats the problem with working from home, I am constantly around my sewing. Not to mention the fact that I love my job, so it doesn't even seem like work most of the time. If I was to take the day off today - it would probably just be for house work anyway. How many of you guys work from home? How do you manage the balance?! Gaby xoxo

10 comments:

Kelsey Genna said...

ohh gabby, i SOO know what you mean! it is such an issue! i constantly feel mega guitly when i stop doing work and try to watch a movie or something!

what i try to do is put all of my sewing/kelsey genna stuff in one room- that way its kind of like my studio- and my bedroom and other living areas don't get affected by it... however usually i fail miserably!

Gaby and Jane said...

Oh I wish I had a separate room!! I work in my living room bc its the only space I can use - and bc it is open plan with the kitchen and lounge room, and I do all my handsewing on the couch--- well uughhh you get the idea! My boyfriend has his own study but I just have too much sewing stuff!

Laura said...

I work from home on my handbags and it’s defiantly a challenge to stay on task. Turning the computer off so I don’t “just look up one thing” helps. I’m also a big fan of the To Do List. Important things on the top and a few easy things thrown in like calling mom, so I get the satisfaction of crossing some stuff off. It also helps I have a p/t job but that’s as a sewing instructor so I’m really around sewing all day too! I try and stop working when my boyfriend gets home and spend time with him, relax and have fun. That said I’m procrastinating right now...back to sewing!

Gaby and Jane said...

I am such a fan of the to do list!

I make such detailed ones every day haha.

My boyfriend works during the day but then when he gets home he works on his thesis - so there is time in the evening I feel like I have to take advantage of!

incalesco said...

It sure is a tricky one Gaby. For me, I make jewellery because I enjoy it. If I push myself too hard and start doing it because I have to I start to resent it and it defeats the purpose.

So if you need some down time just do it (within reason of course when you have orders to fill). A little bit of "me time" and you'll feel refreshed and eager to get back to sewing, and in fact will probably be even more productive than if you had not taken some time out.

Penny said...

Lately I have so many new ideas, and so many things happening, there is just not enough time. There's the products side of the business, making things and planning new products. Plus promotion, admin, and making websites and so on... argh! Lately I've been working from 8am until about 10pm, with lots of little breaks of course. I wish I could help you, but I don't think I can!

Vintage Sew and So said...

Oh Gabby, I feel your pain. The to do list is the only way to go. I have a house/kids to do list & business one. I try to cross off things from both everyday.
Some days it doesn't happen. Life is busy.

Gaby and Jane said...

You all have good points!

I still love what I do, and the feeling of achievement when I get big items posted, but I am very tired too.

I have been playing my new Wheres Wally app on the iphone for the past hour and I actually feel refreshed already haha

Krista said...

It's so hard to manage the balance. I too feel guilty if I take any time off because I just think of how precious that time could be a couple of weeks/months down the track when I am up till 3am trying to get a number of orders out the next day or finish the collection for a photoshoot. So I'm not much help because I don't have alot of balance (but really need to work on it!). Like Penny I work from 8am till 10pm, night time is usually the admin/computer work, but lately I have been able to have most of my weekends off at least : )

Natalia said...

I'm actually really struggling with this myself at the moment. My husband is now away most of the week, so I have to do absolutely everything house, food, and kid-wise, as well as try and fit my business in somewhere. I'm exhausted! It was interesting ready these other comments on how people survive working from home!