Monday, December 19, 2016

Need a Holiday Break? Why We All Require Time Off!

Created by Kimberly Kline, API

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” ….. so starts out one of my favorite holiday songs and, for me, this couldn’t be more true!

I am crazy about the holidays. From a week or two before Thanksgiving right on through the passing of the New Year, I am hooked. (Although my husband might argue that my holiday excitement starts more like right after Halloween!)

I immerse myself in everything holiday ~ all the decorating, baking, shopping, and wrapping that comes with the season. I also love getting together with family and friends whenever possible. But my absolute favorite time is when I can sit with a hot cup of tea or a glass of wine, enjoy my tree lights, and watch a holiday movie ~ even the sappy ones.  

It truly is my happy time.

But then, “work” interferes and I am pulled out of my holiday reverie to attend to my small business. And while I am thankful and grateful that I am able to run my own company, I need a break.

And there is no better time for me to take that break than during the week between Christmas and New Years!

But getting this time off doesn’t come easy!

I work like a fiend to clear off my desk of any outstanding work, invoice what I can, and shut the books. I even write and pre-schedule a few blog articles and other social media posts all in the quest of being able to take a true holiday.

Of course when you have your own business, it may not always work out that way, but I definitely try!

I find that I truly need that time to relax. 

Gearing up for the holidays is a hectic, albeit, joyous time.  I often find myself on overload.  And despite really needing a good night’s sleep, my brain is going a mile a minute with all the things I need to do for my business and in my home that sleep is often elusive.

There is no doubt that a holiday break is what I need.

To that end, my goal is to be online less frequently and only do what is absolutely necessary to keep my business running.

I and my family deserve the attention and the fun!

Are you ready for a holiday break of your own?  Or do you think owning your own business makes it impossible?

I am here to tell you, it is not only possible, it is a MUST!

We all need time away.  We need a break both mentally and physically.

“We need to recognize that our mind, like our bodies, needs to rest and recharge in order to perform at its peak.” excerpt from “Productivity - Sometimes the Best Way to Achieve it is to ‘Scale Back’!”.

The stress of constantly being busy and, as it is with most entrepreneurs, being pulled in different directions, takes its toll. We can lose focus, lose sleep, and our family, social life, and even our health often suffers.

That is why I am a firm believer in time off.
The question then becomes “How?”!

Over time, I have discovered some tried and true ways to help me take a vacation. And I use many of these same tips to take my Holiday Break!

All it takes is some serious pre-planning!

Working overtime to complete outstanding projects, notifying clients in advance you will be taking time off, and even pre-paying any bills and invoicing for completed work will help.

Learn more about what you can do to get away “work free” in “8 Easy Tips to Help You Take a Vacation ~ and Why You Should!”.

While all that extra work certainly adds to the controlled chaos of my pre-holiday schedule, it is worth it!

As an added bonus, by the time my holiday break is over, I find myself more than ready to dive head first into the coming year.

Will you do the same?

To that end, we wish you all 
a joyous holiday season.  
And we hope it is filled with 
time spent with those you love, 
including some “me time” for yourself!

Created by Kimberly Kline, API

Until next year……….

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  1. Taking breaks at this time of year is important. I have learned the hard way that if you don't take time to re-charge your batteries, you end up with a wicked cold that takes weeks to shake.

    1. Good point Anne! Both our mental and physical health suffers if we don't learn to step back and breathe! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and taking the time to read and comment on my article. Much appreciated!


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