{Business Tip}Break Time

Felted Wool Coffee Cup Sleeve by SesameSeedDesigns 

For the first time in a very long time, I find myself with writer’s block. As Xanadu drones in the background on my TV and my computer hums away, I can’t seem to figure out what I should write about.  Am I all business tipped out?

Actually I’m not.  As an Etsy shop owner, I find myself in the very same position a lot of shop owners find themselves at any given time – overworked, burnt out, feeling that there aren’t enough hours in the day and in need of a small vacation.  With the holiday rush looming over us and a slew of craft show commitments and daily routines, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

Felted Wold Balls

Felted Wool Balls by WebWorksFiber

We all play the juggling game and many times we have more balls in the air than we do in our hands and suddenly they all begin to drop at an alarming rate. What’s the best way to deal with this juggling act?   One way is to take to heart the infamous words of Richard Carlson, “Don’t sweat the small stuff…..it’s all small stuff”.  

Halloween Felt Hearts

Halloween Felt Hearts by ArtfulEnds

Here are three rules of thumb to help keep your sanity:

1. Don’t over commit yourself {sometimes, easier said than done},

2. Learn to say “No” {that can also be hard}, and

3. Realize that you can’t make everyone happy {family, friends and customers}.

I admit that it’s easier to put these three rule in writing than they are to put into practices.  Sometimes we just need to take a break.

If you find yourself working long hours, feeling frustrated and feeling that things are a bit out of balance; it may be time to stop what you are doing, take a few steps back, and breath. Walking away from our work or deviating from our daily routines, allows us to return and look at things with a different perspective allowing us to deal with our tasks with less stress and fresh eyes.

Spirit Shaker

Spirit Shaker by Earnest Efforts

I know that “taking a break” means different things to different people.  For some taking a break means putting your Etsy shop in vacation mode, ditching your laptop and cellphone, turning off the TV and/or the music and just enjoying a few days of relaxation and sleep.  For others it means just walking away from their office or workroom for a few hours or a day and concentrating on other things or engaging in something else they enjoy.   Whatever break you choose, it’s important to just take that break and get yourself back in balance and ready to face your routine once again.  It’s all about taking a little me time”.  For me personally, it could be something as simple as getting a pedicure or spending time with friends away from my normal surroundings or just lying on the grass in my backyard with a good book.

So next time you begin to feel like you’re not having fun anymore – allow yourself to take a break.

I would love to hear how you spend your “me time”, please share it as a comment.

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About Myra @ HerbanLuxe

Myra is an Etsian with an MBA. The art of business and technology are her two obsessions. She has been writing EcoEtsy Business Tips since 2010. Myra grew up in Puerto Rico with grandparents who were a head of their time and didn't know it - living what we would call today, "a simple green life." Her love of learning and teaching are the key drivers in almost everything she does.


  1. Sometimes I just work as slow as possible instead of taking a break and that helps.

  2. Great post Myra! Sometimes the “break” I need is as simple as cleaning up my workspace and getting organized….for me that adds a needed bit of order in the chaos. Other times, a book, a glass of wine, and a quiet corner is just what I need.

  3. It’s so good to hear that others feel the same way, and are overwhelmed at times. Good tips to help keep a little balance when it feels like you are tipping out of control.

  4. Perfect reading for me today! I am juggling a lot of things right now and am a recovering perfectionist….Your words of wisdom will have me thinking about saying ‘no’ and avoiding overcommitment!

  5. You hit the nail right on the head with this one Myra!

    That’s how I’ve been feeling this year, with personal and business commitments. I just had to step back and say “No” to a lot of things. Probably need to cut back even more. And learning to say “No” was hard but resisting to replace it something new is even harder. But baby steps….

    Off to have a mani-pedi!