studio schedule

This page is the easiest way to check when I’m not working in the current calendar year.

If you’re a client, I’ll make appropriate arrangements in advance of my weeks offline.

If you’re not a client, please don’t expect a reply from me during these weeks.

why list your time off on your website?

We’re in an overwork crisis.

Productivity has become shorthand for our individual worth and purpose. Working hard, being busy, and struggling with stress have all become perverse badges of honour.

Despite knowing how harmful overwork is, I’ve fallen foul of it for many years.

After going freelance, I struggled to create a structure that gave me enough time away from work. My default approach had been to say yes to everything and presume a quiet patch will come along and allow me to take some time off.

Turns out, I’m the only one who can allow myself that.

I want work to be just one part of my time and identity

As of November 2021, I’ve committed to planning my time off for the entire year in advance. The year before that, I had taken about five days off.

Prioritising rest, balance, and idleness gives me the space to be me, rather than ‘Snail Studio’.

I’ve created this structure so I can give the best of myself to all of the things that matter in my life – not just my work. I want to exist happily and healthily.

Without this plan, I’ll end up overworking.

And that doesn’t work for me.

If it doesn’t work for you either, give something like this a go. If you need any advice about getting it set up, email me and I’ll advise in any way I can.

Slow News Day

Forget the politics, bloodshed, and doomsday reporting.

I’m much more interested in enjoying the quiet and silly stories that pop up when moving at a slower pace.

Subscribe if you’d like a weekly reflection from life in the slow lane—and a reminder that you can slam on the brakes and join me at snail’s pace, too.