Time Outs for Creativity
Meet Ellen Gormley, editor of a very popular magazine called Crochet!. You most likely have seen this magazine in major retailers and/or you even receive it in your mailbox. Crochet! is the only magazine I actually get in hard copy delivered to my door.
Personally, I am very intimidated by publishers and editors as they have the power to make or break a career. Classic me, I usually say something stupid and they look at you with sympathy and you know you are digging your own grave. Just hand me a shovel before I meet a person that intimidates me because I know I will be using it. 😀
Ellen was sitting with the Red Heart Yarns Table during the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America). Of course, I was sitting with the Red Heart Team at the same table. I know shows like CGOA, editors, like Ellen, are ‘pitched’ to by designers for the duration of the show. At this time, I am not prepared to pitch anything as I am so swamped in my duties and responsibilities with The Crochet Crowd. It would be a waste of our time to discuss something that isn’t even realistic.
I learned really quickly that she actually works from home most of the time and that her office is quite a hike for her to get to. This would be a topic that I could relate to. She has a life to manage while working from home. Myself, working from home, I tend to work most of the time without taking time for myself. I’m addicted to working and don’t know how to walk away from the computer when I have so many people demanding something of me.
So I Had To Ask
Ellen, how do you manage to work from home and keep your life balanced?
- She keeps her life in balance by ensuring her home life is being taken care. Family and kids are priority one. Their needs come before work. (hmmmm… I put work first… everything else second.)
- Prioritize what is an absolutely must do and what really isn’t important for the overall picture. (I fall down here as well… sometimes I like to do projects that are really not priority because I am enjoy doing them but then it makes the MUST do’s get backed up until I am up against a wall.)
- If you don’t break or take time outs… you will face burn out. (Is this woman reading my mind… I’ve had a couple nervous breakdowns in the past year with being overwhelmed under the self created pressure.)
- Separate your business self and your personal self. Know the line. (Where’s the sand… I need to draw the line… I take things personal in business which spills over to my personal self.)
- Know your limits and work within them. (I’m a yes person and don’t delegate enough as I think I am superman that can do it all.)
Ellen gave me a lot to think about within the hour of casual conversation we had. She is speaking from experience and understands this industry from my point of view. Though she will never know, unless she reads this article… her words were really meaningful for me to hear. I used my vacation to re-think my priorities and how I can manage my time and creativity much better.
Ellen was really easy to chat with. She is goal driven but also human which I appreciated greatly. With being nervous around editors, I was at ease.