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How Taking a Weekly “Creative Health Day” has Impacted My Business

Back in July, I shared on my Instagram story that I was making some changes to my work schedule. The first half of the year had been crazy + I was starting to feel the effects of overcommitting + overworking myself. A big part of my new plan was to start blocking off Wednesdays as strictly “no client work” days. Instead, I would spend that day working on things for my own business + feeding my creativity. These were things that I had gotten way too comfortable pushing to the side. I would only focus on client work during the week, leaving weekends as the only time that I had to work on my own business. And that just isn’t right, ya know? I started this business so that I could have more freedom + control over my time. It didn’t make sense that weekends, which are supposed to be my time, were being filled with more work.

So I decided to call Wednesdays my “Creative Health Day” because that’s exactly how I see them – a day to reset creatively, avoid burnout and just maintain your creative energy throughout the rest of the week. And the impact that they’ve had on my business has been AMAZING. So today, I wanted to share some of the results that I’ve seen + how the whole experience has been so far.

 

How I’ve Spent My Creative Health Days

Since I started #creativehealthday, I’ve tried to share each week how I’m spending that time. I figured it would be a good way to hold myself accountable, but also to inspire others to make time to work on their own businesses. Here’s an overview of some of the things that I’ve been able to work on:

 

 

 

Overall Takeaways
  1. I have more energy + excitement around my work. It’s really such a good feeling to have this big jolt in energy + inspiration in the middle of the week. If something frustrating happens on Monday (like a client not liking something or not booking a project), then I always know that Wednesday will be a day where I can reset, work on things that I’m super passionate about, and that keeps me going. It’s like a breath of fresh air each week.
  2. I’ve been able to get more things done + actually grow my business without all the stress. I feel like I’m able to actually set big goals + dream for my business without worrying about how I’m going to make time to see them through. I’ve already made the time, so they instantly feel more achievable.
  3. Probably the best part about creative health day is that it’s flexible + really makes me feel like I’m the one running my business, not the other way around. It’s an open day to fill with whatever I really need each week. No feeling guilty or compromising – it’s simply something that I need in order to run my business well.

 

Ideas for How You Can Start Taking a Creative Health Day

If you’re interesting in implementing a creative health day into your own schedule, first let me just say – Yay!! I’m so excited for you and I know that you’re going to love it as much as I do! BUT don’t feel like you have to approach it exactly like I do. I chose to take a full day off on Wednesday because it felt right for me, but that might not be best for you. Maybe it works better for you to just take half a day. Or use the last 2 hours of each day. It’s up to you to figure out what fits your schedule + feels the most natural to you! So here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. What do my energy levels look like throughout the week? Do they go down on a certain day? Or maybe just a certain time of the day? (My energy is always the lowest during the middle of the week, which is why I chose Wednesdays.)
  2. What are some of the things that I want to do / work on during my creative health day and how much time do I want to reserve for those things?
  3. How will blocking off that amount of time affect my business? What changes will I need to make to accommodate for that time? (For example, I had to add an extra week or two to my project timelines to make up for losing that work day each week. You may have to rearrange your process a bit, but it’s worth it.)
  4. How will I explain this new part of my schedule to clients + establish boundaries around it? (I give clients my office hours in the project proposal that I send before they book with me. This way, they already know that I don’t do client work on Wednesdays + won’t be available for calls.)

Hopefully those questions give you a better idea of what creative health day should look like for you. Like I said, the best thing about this is that it’s flexible! There’s no right or wrong way to do it and you can experiment with it as much as you want.

 

Creative health day has truly been one of the best things that I’ve done for Wayfarer + I hope this post inspires you to make time for your own business. Not on the weekend, but actually during the work week. If you decide to try it out or already do something similar, I’d love for you to share about your experience + use #creativehealthday with me over on Instagram! And if you want to keep up with what I’m doing each Wednesday, make sure to check out the “Balance” highlight on my profile.

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