Do you ever wake up in the morning, glance over at your phone and see a bunch of notifications and get an uneasy feeling? Do you then put your phone down and roll over in your bed, stay under the covers and say to yourself "I'll deal with it later"? Do you often get overwhelmed by the amount of offline work and content you have to complete because you owe various people items/videos/photosets/etc?
I know this feeling all too well and I experience it a LOT. You are not alone in this uneasy, nerve wrecking feeling. We are busy people and have busy schedules, just like everyone else in this world. Sometimes we tend to take on too many projects at once and then we get overwhelmed. For me personally, I have done this all too many times, then I become stressed and burnt out which makes me want to stay in my bed all day and binge some Netflix (I mean who doesn't like watching Netflix? lol). This can lead to both you and your customers being unhappy with late/unfinished content.
So what can you do to help deal with the stress and procrastination? These are the things I have personally done to become more motivated and not spread myself too thin.
First; It is really important to keep a journal of all the items, customs, mailed goods, videos, and pictures you need to have completed. Even just writing it down on a sticky note is good. Why? Because this is a good way to remind yourself which items you have to complete and you can use this as a checklist to mark off each completed task. Personally, I get a great sense of accomplishment when I see myself going through my list. Also, make sure you do everything as one project at a time and ONLY focus on one project at a time. If you look at your list and see the overall image, it can be overwhelming. Just take it one step at a time and you'll be amazed how fast you complete everything.
Second; Everyday set a personal "work time" and "me" time for yourself. I often ran into the issue of not managing my time properly, which would cause me to send things late or get too stressed out to accomplish anything. (sleep is really important, so make sure you get plenty of it!). I solved this problem by getting up a bit earlier every day and setting aside 1-2 hours to go through any messages, emails, and sending out any content I owe to customers. Then I proceed with my day and go to class. When I come home, if I have any custom content I need to film, I will work on them one by one in the order that they were bought then I will immediately edit it and upload the videos. While my videos are uploading, I will work on my homework or check more emails for any updated information I need to do/send or I go run errands(because videos take a really long time to upload sometimes). Then in the evening, because I accomplished everything, I get to relax and have "me" time where I will watch Netflix, anime, or play video games. Balancing your time is really important and it is always a great idea to keep a schedule.
Lastly; TREAT YO SELF! On days when I am feeling particularly stressed, I take a warm bath, I put a face mask on, I play with my cat or dog, pretty much anything that will brighten up my mood and make myself happy. Remember it is important to take care of your health, so eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep will awaken your mind and make your body more ready to get those busy tasks done!
I know this article might be a bit lengthy, but recently I have been thinking about how important it is for us sex workers to care about our mental health. I feel it is something that people do not talk about or they simply brush aside. YOUR happiness should NEVER be put aside. This is YOUR life and you deserve every moment to be happy. Being stressed and anxious really shows in your work and it is super important to not let this bring you down! I hope you enjoyed reading this and if any of you EVER feel super stressed or you're just having one of those days, please feel free to message/vent to me! Sometimes we just need someone to listen and I always love being there for my fellow models.
Now shine bright my lovelies, you deserve it!