I recently returned from holiday. It was the first break I’d had in 15 months and it made me realise I should have taken time off sooner. There are all kinds of reasons not to go on holiday if you are freelance:
- You won’t earn any money (unless you’re lucky enough to be on a retainer).
- You need to save money for your ‘buffer’ fund for when times are quiet, not spend it on holidays.
- You risk losing out on projects that come up while you’re away.
- If you’re midway through a project, the likelihood is it will be given to someoen else to complete
- You have to work like crazy to finish everything off before you go, and then you need to work like crazy when you get back to catch up – so is going away worth the effort?
Five reasons why you need to go on holiday
But there are also equally important reasons for going on holiday:
- You need to rest and recharge your batteries.
- If you don’t take a break, you risk going stale and losing your spark of creativity.
- You need to take time to unwind and destress.
- If you’re stuck at your computer for most of the day, it’s a great rest for your body to take time away from being hunched over your keyboard.
- If you’re anything like me, you get so busy with client work that your goals and your action plan for achieving those goals go out the window. By taking time out from the nitty gritty of your everyday work, it makes it easier for you to take a step back when you return, so you can focus on your goals again. If possible, tell everyone you’ll be back from holiday a day later than you really are. Then spend that day looking at your goals. Have they changed since you last looked at them? What activity are you going to achieve this week to get one step nearer to achieving them? And what will you achieve next week?
When is YOUR next holiday planned? (Mine’s planned for January.)
Related post: When was the last time you took a holiday?