As an entrepreneur, you work hard all year round. If you’re anything like me, your business often comes first. Sometimes it means missing dinner because you have a meeting with a new client, working weekends to meet deadlines, and being on call 24/7. It’s hard to disconnect when you’re building a business. So, when it comes to the holidays, I know how difficult it can be to step away and take some time off, but I have some tips to help you prepare for it.
- Plan ahead. Take a look at your calendar and make sure all your deadlines are set before you plan to take your time off. Also make sure deadlines aren’t too close to when you’re returning to work, otherwise you’ll be rushed to meet them on time. Give your clients notice too that you’ll be taking time off and arrange any meetings with them before or after your holidays. It might even give some clients the push they need to think “oh ya, I need to set up that appointment before the new year!”
- Think about your mindset around taking time off. Remember, taking time off is good for your health and good for your family’s health. Take advantage of this time to reconnect and enjoy each other company. You can also take this time to focus on other areas of your life, so you come back to the business refreshed, motivated, and ready to crush new goals.
- Give yourself permission. Remember all the sacrifices you’ve made for the business. It’s okay to take some time for you, especially during the slower time, like Christmas. Feed your mind and your soul with some me-time. You’re human too and you deserve time off to rest and relax.
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Remember, most of your clients will be understanding that you’re taking time off. They chose to work with you because of who you are, the business you built, and the services you offer. Taking a week or two off, won’t disrupt that relationship. Once you have your clients set, your projects completed, and your deadlines met, the rest will be up to you and remembering that you took this time off.
Now go enjoy it!