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Let me tell you a little story. 

 

"There were once two women who started their own craft business because they loved craft and believed in it's ability to help people feel good.  They had lots of ideas but had never run their own business before.  They learned fast, worked hard and built a business from scratch spreading the joy of craft as often as possible.  They had small powerful computers (smart phones) in their pockets which they had with them all the time.  This meant they were able to keep on top of the business wherever they were.  They had apps for marketing, apps for accounting, apps for design and emails direct to their pocket. They got through a lot of work and the business grew.  

 

However, they started to notice some worrying trends, they felt constantly distracted, they were checking in with their smart phones immediately upon waking up, their children were commenting on how often they had their phones in hand, they noticed that when they were scrolling through apps they didn't feel good, they had imposter syndrome and were striving for 'perfection', they were not sleeping properly, were struggling to concentrate and were feeling anxious.  They decided that something needed to be done."

 

Sound familiar? Recognise the people in the story - us and quite possibly you or someone you know. This level of dependence on our phones is not particular to small business owners but I know that it can be the thing I tell myself to excuse excessive usage.

 

So, complete digital overwhelm and burn out loomed.  One of our core beliefs is that craft makes you feel good.  It's pretty difficult to continue projecting this belief if you are not living it, the amount of time I spent on digital devices meant there was almost no time for actual craft, not good!  I wanted more time to explore new crafts and develop the crafts we already love. I needed to form better habits around the blend between business life and personal life.  But, with no change there is no change. So, I took action.

 

In May I turned 40 and had an amazing four day break in Lisbon.  I decided to turn off all notifications, that included all social media, emails (both business and personal) and I only allowed myself phone use to take photos and keep in touch with