We started our hand made gift business 2.5 years ago, and bought our land 8 months ago. Since doing both of these we have been running wide open.
Maria and I both work full time jobs besides the other activities. She works 40 hours a week at her “normal” job. Then she comes home and takes care of me and the house. (A full time job in itself, and I’m really trying to up my game so it doesn’t all fall on her shoulders). Then she sews, tiedyes, and answers customers questions. On weekends that I don’t work, we go to the farm to continue improving and clearing the land.
She’s very busy.
I work a really screwy schedule. I work 15 days a month, with 12+ hour, very stressful shifts. Those days are spread out throughout the month with 3 day weekends every other week. When I’m not “at work” I’m in the forge, making knives and other metal items in 130 degree heat. Then on those 3 day weekends, to the farm to pull stumps and clear land. Oh yeah, during all of that, I’m answering customer’s questions and taking custom orders.
This weekend was one that we were to go to the farm, but we didn’t make it.
Thursday was my last night of work. Normally I’d be in bed by 530 am, and then back up around 11 to work Friday afternoon in the forge. Then I would take off Saturday morning for the farm, stay overnight, and work both days before coming back to get ready for work on Monday night.
This past Friday, I worked in the forge like normal. By the end of the day I was exhausted. This schedule has been going on for months and I think I hit a wall.
I told Maria that I didn’t think I was going to make it to the farm this weekend. I went to bed Friday night and slept just over 14 hours.
I had the intent to just relax this weekend and recharge my batteries. It didn’t work very well. I don’t just sit around too well.
I ended up going through my knife stock and realized that I was way behind on making sheaths. So I spent several hours making 15 leather sheaths. I was able to do that part in the house, but I also ended up with 3 orders for woodworking holdfasts, so there still ended up being some forge time this weekend.
Those are all the sheaths I made this weekend. Maria let me use her cute little railroad rail anvil I had made for her to set grommets with.
So, I did get some things done, and I got a little bit of rest…but my question for all of you is “How do you balance the overwhelming amount of work to be done with the hours in the day and the amount of energy you have in your body?”
I’d love to hear.