Today was my first official /more traditional work week in the new office. I’ve been in such a limbo state with moving and vacation that I haven’t gotten a consistent schedule in…until now.
The importance of your environment
As a freelancer, I learned early on how important was for me to have a space I enjoyed working in. For me a space has to be about a few things.
makes me feel creative/inspired
allows me to work consistently and without interruption.
What makes a space work for you may be different but that’s just me. There is no right and wrong but it’s just about finding what you like.
I was scared when moving that I wasn’t going to be able to get this new office up to the same standard as my one in Hollywood. I loved that office so much and that was one of the biggest cons to moving.
After finishing the set up though, it’s basically the same layout and so far so good.
I also got a standing desk recently and I 100% believe the hype now. It feels so good to be able to stand every hour or so and honestly, I think I’m a bit more productive when in the standing position.
Something about standing makes the “work mode” side of my brain fire on all cylinders and idk if it’s just placebo or not but when I’m standing, I feel less likely to use my phone or get distracted.
There is no way to “lean back” and relax when you’re standing lol.
Absolved of Guilt
Before the move I was on a very consistent schedule when it came to my work.
consistent on youtube
consistent with posting personal work on IG
consistent with client work
Think I was in a state of anxious burnout though because channeling all my energy into each of those buckets equally was not going to be sustainable.
I got a lot of anxiety before/during the move about not being “consistent” on my social channels.
for the first time since 2020 it was physically out of my control to keep working and pumping out content.
I don’t know where this need to keep putting stuff out came from or started but I knew the feeling was real. I think it is a bit of a comparison thing.
and we all know:
“Comparison is the thief of joy”
As long as I don’t worry about what other people are doing I feel happy. It doesn’t matter if
this person posts reels every day
this person woks on the best client work
or this person gets the most youtube views.
I need to be okay with staying in my lane and just focusing on what I can do. More output goals and fewer input goals/vanity metrics.
I also think was afraid people would stop caring if I wasn’t showing face here and there.
Or maybe the algorithm would punish me for not offering it juicy content blessings lol.
However, the forced break this past few weeks has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Not being able to work on things absolved me of all the guilt and anxiety I felt about not posting.
It’s like I talked about in a previous issue too, I can’t put all my energy into everything so it’s about finding what is most important to me.
I feel like I’m in such a good place with my intentions, career, and just how I want to navigate the professional and online space.
Fuck pandering to these apps and feeling like I need to post images to keep them or some people I’ve never met happy.
I am now focusing on making quality youtube videos, working on client work/giving my clients the best part of me, and just posting on socials whenever ya boy feels like it.
Speaking of youtube I am working on my next video and am super excited about it. it may be my favorite video I have ever made.
One caveat I will say is, without the growth on these channels I would not have made this awesome community, so I do appreciate that.
However, the real ones like y’all are here, the discord, and the Patreon :)
Anyway, I hope you all are also getting some clarity on the things that are most important to you. Find the right balance and put the right amount of energy liquid into each bucket.
Stuff to Check Out
IG Post of the week below ( Twitter isn’t letting me embed anymore:/ )
Drink more water, invest in a standing desk, and put more flexibility into your schedule.
Much Love, Glue.
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Hey friend, I've been following your work for a while, and these last few emails have really won me over. I'm from Brazil, and I currently live in the interior of São Paulo, I don't know if you know, but São Paulo is basically the heart of the country. The internet helped me a lot to avoid having to go to São Paulo to get good clients. And I wouldn't trade this quality of life for anything.
about social networks, I have a newsletter here on the substack too, it was a way for me not to be trapped by the algorithm and to be able to write texts about life, and this has helped me to get out of the bubble of perfectionism and comparison.
well finally keep up the great work, love to see your days unfold. I get inspired a lot. hugs.
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