It’s that time of year where the end is near and everything seems to be moving at a faster pace. I find myself with a lot less free time and my calendar is quickly filling up. The thing that I know that I have to look forward to at the end of the craziness is a relaxing holiday.
This podcast episode covers the importance of taking a break and how to prepare for one, even if you’re a solopreneur.
In this episode you will learn:
1. The importance of taking regular breaks throughout the year, not just at Christmas.
2. How to prepare your business and communicate your plans to key people before taking a break.
3. Batching work in advance and setting realistic expectations for yourself and others while you are on holiday.
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Having a break is really important if you want to grow a business that is going to last you for the long haul. Many women burn themselves out because they don’t incorporate rest into their year. Christmas is a great time to take a break.
Start right now by opening up your calendar app on your phone and block in the dates the whole day, every day, for the days that they are going to be away. Once it’s in the calendar, everything else needs to work around it. Google Calendar is a good tool for this purpose.
Next you need to work out your holiday communication plan. Key clients, staff, suppliers and relevant partners in the business need to be informed now that you are going to be going away. Let them know you are taking some time off and set their expectations about your availability.
You may wish to consider hiring someone to take care of the business while you’re away. Delegating is the best way to take a complete break from the business. The Business Control Center is a cheat sheet for anyone coming into your business. It’s the keeper of all of the vital information of your business, all in one document. Delegating is a great way to keep things running while you’re on holiday.
When you’re on holiday, some of us will have to work for a variety of unavoidable reasons. You just want to make sure that you don’t get caught up in the details of your business. Schedule the time and set an alarm for a set period on the days you work. Make sure you have an out of office message on your emails.
Women tell me they start their own businesses for freedom and flexibility. Yet they fill 52 weeks of the year with work. They miss out on so much in their life. As a result, they are burnt out, overwhelmed, falling out of love with their businesses and with their families. Don’t be that woman. Make space for a break this year.
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