The Year of Doing Less

4 years ago

Emily Wenstrom | Read more at Creative Juicer | Follow me on Twitter

Happy 2014, peeps.

As I announced in December, I took a hiatus from Creative Juicer and wordhausover the holidays. In fact, I ended up almost fully unplugging during that time and hardly even got on Facebook or Twitter much.

I just let it all go. It felt great.

And it gave me time to think about my 2013. The main theme was, I’m tired. And I’m busy. And it’s not good for me.

So I’ve designated 2014 as the Year of Doing Less.

I’ve been torn on this point for a long time. There are things I care about deeply that I simply can’t pursue without putting time into them outside of work. But maybe it doesn’t have to be quite so much of my time.

Because the way I’ve been managing these things is not sustainable. I am flat out doing too much, and it’s really worn me down.

And yet I also can’t let them go. Without them all I have is my job. And while there’s nothing wrong with my job (I’m lucky to have a career that lets me write), I know it’s not enough for me.

This will affect YOU, my readers.

Acknowledging all this forced me to get honest about what mattered most and what I need to dial back. This blog is something that I have to dial back. I am reducing the number of posts I publish here to one article every two weeks. This means there will be no more creative prompts on Fridays and no more link roundups on Sundays.

If you’d like to continue getting these kinds of content, there are a lot of options out there. To start, you can keep getting prompts from me by following my Inspiration board on Pinterest and you can keep getting my favorite creativity news links byfollowing me on Twitter. But a lot of others in our industry do this type of stuff, too (one of the reasons I’m cutting back on it).

Chuck Wending does some great creative prompts on his blog Terrible Minds, as does Brainstorms & BylinesJane Friedman’s blog includes a weekly roundup of publishing news and Elizabeth Spann Craig shares a ton of great posts from across the web on her Twitter feed and weekly Twitterific roundup on her blog, just to spit off a few of my favorites off the top of my head.

I will continue to do a lot of guest posting though, and I’ll keep letting you know when those posts are out. I’ll also continue the Creative Careerists series, hopefully about once a month.

For anyone else considering cutting back, here’s a few thoughts that led me to this decision. No matter how much you do in social media to build a platform, there is always more you could do. It’s bottomless. However, as readers and technology become more sophisticated, quality is becoming much more important than frequency for online content.

I’ve always been a total sucker for the New Year’s resolutions, and this goal for 2014 has me excited for this year’s fresh start. I’m ready to stop being so stressed. I’m ready for a little less chaos and a little more space to breathe.

What goals to you have for 2014? 

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