Now if you've ever been self employed, worked from home, or been freelance you might have experienced hours or even days where you just can't get stuck in. Your head won't work, you get distracted by everything, and spend four hours working on something that's worse than when you started.
I'm having one of those days today.
Being the face of the business, I usually only talk when positive things are happening because being a moaner isn't good for anyone's reputation, and I'm not naturally a negative person so it feels quite uneasy for me. However, I feel like this is something that needs to be talked about.
These kinds of days used to freak.me.out. I'd have a cry, a heated phone conversation with my Mum, or panic about my entire business and how I'll pay the bills. Sometimes life is scary.
But one day, with the help of my wise boyfriend and some wine, I snapped out of it. I realised that EVERYONE has these days. Receptionists have days where everyone is double booked, complaining and they break the photocopier. Accountants have days where they just can't make things add up, are late for their meetings and put their socks on inside out. Doctors, well I hope they don't have bad days to be honest, but I'm sure they do.
I have always, always been hard on myself. I get mad when I can't do all the jobs myself. I'm terrible at delegating (which is daft when I'm a manager). And I compare myself to strangers on the internet. I panic when clients don't get back to me straight away (I'm waiting for two lots of feedback right now which probably isn't helping).
I once overheard someones saying "Well if Hannah's set up on her own, then anyone can". Of course, I could have taken this badly, but I also believe that if you make something look easy, you must be good at it. So I'll take it as a compliment thanks. Making it on your own is hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it. But the struggle is part of the story. The bad days make you realise how to change things, and make tomorrow good. If anyone says that every first decision they've made in business was the right one, they're lying. It's all about time, trials, research, set backs and mistakes.
Today, I'm just gonna give myself a break. I'm gonna pay some bills, clear my inbox and tidy my studio. Because you know what? It's okay to have a creative block. Just let it wash over you, and right out of your life. It won't hang around forever.
Here are some tips that help me shake the negative vibes of creative block-
-Look through your pins on Pinterest and remind yourself that you have great taste
-Get away from your desk, do the washing up, file your bank statements, just step away
-Read a novel for 15 minutes. Just to clear your head
-Don't look at twitter, instagram or facebook. If you don't look, you can't compare
-Walk to the shop, with your headphones in.
-Call your best friend and tell them to tell you about their day.
And just remember, you're doing a bloody great job.