With the sun out (hopefully) and the children full of cheer at the fun they’ll be having for the next few weeks, you want to keep the atmosphere a fun and positive one. But there’s one cog in the wheel – you have to work.
If yours is a business that is term-time only, kudos to you! But for the rest of us who don’t have that luxury, business has to continue (seemingly) as usual. And here’s how it can.
1. Check your emails less
This is something you should do anyway. there’s little productivity in checking your emails every five minutes. You’ll spend more time reading emails than getting much else done. And it’s stressful!
During the holidays, why not check your emails twice a day. Once mid-morning, and once just before the normal 5pm clock-off time. That will act as catch-all for the crucial parts of the day, so you don’t make it too obvious that you’re not strapped to your computer all day.
If twice a day is unachievable, set an autoresponder and let clients and business contacts know that you will only be checking your emails periodically. communication is key!
2. Schedule your social media and reduce your online time
It’s worth scheduling some posts on platforms like Hootsuite or Buffer so you don’t leave your fans wondering if you’ve abandoned your social media accounts permanently. While you’re checking your emails once or twice a day, schedule five minutes of social media time to add, follow, like and comment, too.
3. Be realistic
If you’re travelling to the Outer Hebrides and just won’t be contactable, let your contacts know! Clients are more understanding when they’ve been given advance notice. Think a month’s notice for every week you plan to take off, with a feasible plan of what can and can’t be done while you’re away.
4. Learn to say no
There’s nothing wrong with turning down business when you know you’ve promised your family some quality time during the holidays.
Don’t turn into the female version of the boy who cried wolf and disappoint your children every time you promise to put them first. That’s why you became self employed, remember – for the flexibility.
Agree to call or follow-up on them on your return and honour that promise, and your business shouldn’t suffer for it.