Being self employed comes with the dream of having the freedom to take time off whenever we want, without having to ask permission.
The reality can sometimes be quite different. For the first 5+ years of being in business for myself I found it very difficult to take off anymore than a long weekend here and there. When I had a few extra dollars I didn't have the time, I was too busy. When I had some spare time in my schedule I didn't have the funds to go on a vacation. Forcing a holiday when you don't have much work or money isn't very enjoyable.
Taking time off can also be tough because you can do it anytime you want...which means it can always be deferred to when the timing is right. The risk is that it never happens.
So over the years I had to develop a strategy to try and get some time off...
Chase Jarvis, founder of Creative Live, has recently posted a series of 30 long format interviews with some of the world's leading creatives, entrepreneurs and influencers. 30 interesting interviews to get you thinking about creative new ways to clarify your vision, reach your goals and make a difference. It makes for engaging listening at work, or while stuck in a long commute. You might hear something that gives you a 'light bulb' moment, inspires you, or leads to a break through in your business...
Painting without music is like canoeing without a paddle...it's possible, but not much happens and it ain't much fun.
On a typical worksite, seems you are likely to hear one of these types of music...
1. Heavy rotation Top 40 pop hits
2. Screamo death metal
3. Classic rock
4. Trucks-beer-'n-babes country music
Now taste is personal and variety is the spice of life, but sometimes a guy yearns to listen to something a little more authentic. A good upbeat tune is the lubricant to your work day.
If you haven't heard of them yet, you may want to check out the band Jon & Roy from Vancouver Island...