24 Aug HOW TO TAKE TIME OFF WHEN YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF
We are fast approaching the end of the summer and in a seasonal destination such as Ibiza, this can spell burn out for those amongst you that cram a whole year’s work into six, manic months. Here at theHUB. Ibiza, we are big fans of encouraging our community of digital entrepreneurs to take care of themselves – everyone should allocate time to recharge batteries and give the brain and body a well-deserved break. Easier said than done when you are running your own business or working without colleagues to help with the load once you’re gone! However – nothing is impossible; With enough preparation, you too can put your feet up for some well-deserved time out, coming back stronger and more productive than ever. Here’s a short guide as to how you might go about it.
If your diary is looking choc-a-bloc with no sign of slowing down, allocate a dedicated chunk of time that you will use for a holiday. While short breaks and long weekends can often be accommodated at short notice, to really switch off and unwind, one-two weeks is absolutely necessary. Planning in advance will mean you can manage workloads around those dates, and let clients know with enough notice – they will appreciate the heads up and recognise the fact that you are only human after all!
So even though in your heart, you know a two-week break is much needed and will benefit the quality of your work in the long run, your head tells you that those two weeks – during which you’re not bringing home the bacon – will cut a little too deep. Avoid the guilt and budget ahead, setting aside some money during the times that business is thriving. And if finances are looking a little tight, why not consider a staycation? Especially if your home is Ibiza : ) Just ensure all devices are turned off and you’re not replying to emails.
Call in the troops
It’s safe to say that not all client work can grind to halt while you have your feet up, sunning yourself with a Pina Colada. While planning ahead with work tasks can keep things ticking over, a few freelancer friends here and there may come in handy with tasks that need completing in real time. Clients will appreciate having someone to call upon in ‘emergencies’ and feel secure in the knowledge they are still being serviced. Offer to pay back the favour and encourage a holiday-taking community of entrepreneurs!
Reflect on your Achievements!
A great way to ensure that you make the most of your time off is to reflect on your achievements and give yourself a big pat on the back for all your successes to date. Making it on your own has its own challenges – especially when first starting out – so be sure to remind yourself why it was you took this route in the first place, and count all the things that you love about not working for a big company and having to answer to a big bad boss.
And lastly – enjoy!
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