Nobody likes to work over any holiday do they? I find Christmas really hard to stay motivated and get those hours in. Do you? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one…
I’m really fortunate because my husband has the days between Christmas and New Year off work so technically it means that I could be catching up with work then. But seriously? Who does that?! I’m going to enjoy my time with him and my daughter seeing family, friends and just being our little family unit. We normally have guests to stay over New Year and this year we haven’t. I’m looking forward to some serious quiet time with books, television and my two favourite people.
So here is my guide to getting my s**t together over the festivities:
“If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.”Benjamin Franklin
- Plan. Plan and then plan some more. I look at my schedule over the coming week and see when I can work. Get my hours in. My business does tend to go quiet from about now until early January but this means that technically I should start looking for new business opportunities for 2019.
- Follow the plan. I try and take myself away for a cup of tea each week away from my house and really get a grip on the ‘big picture.’ This really does help me and I think has benefitted my business. I do know where my strengths and weaknesses are (hello invoicing!) and next week I’ll use my time out of the house to see which clients will need hours over the Christmas period and where I can make up time once the school term starts.
- Tell my plans to my husband and family. So that they know when I say, ‘I’ve really got to do this’ then they know I’m not trying to avoid a game of Monopoly but that I really do have a deadline.
- I’ll let my clients know when I’m not going to respond to messages unless they are super urgent. Again I find that communication really is the key.
- I’ll use Hootsuite to schedule all social media activity for my clients
- Once my husband goes back to work (2nd January) I’ll be the full time parent which means waking up early to get an hours work in but my daughter will also be seeing my parents for one morning which will give me 3 hours to blitz anything urgent. Playdates, grandparents, god-parents are great ways to get a few hours for work and not feel like you are ditching your child. I’ll swap with a friend for a day – I’ll have her children for the morning and then she’ll have my daughter in the afternoon. It means we both get our work done AND the children have fun.
- Give myself a break. I cannot tell you how freeing and inspiring it is to step away from the laptop. I’m a much better publicist when I’m reading other people’s books (that I’m not working on) or listening to a podcast that I’ve been recommended because it means I’m enjoying myself and not seeing it as a chore. I tend to beat myself up a bit about enjoying free time when I could be working/doing the chores/spending more time with Amy and this Christmas I’m determined to stop and just take a breath.
And that’s it really! My other motivation is to start away from my mobile phone for longer over the festivities. I want my daughter to know that Mummy is present and not half-looking at her phone when we are together.