Mele Kalikimaka is the place for meeee! Everyone knows that classic Christmas jingle but my bigger question to bring up is, how do you feel at the end of the year? Are you ready for a Christmas vacation? Are you also under several deadlines and pressure to bring in a certain revenue at this time of the year? How do you balance both? Take a few minutes to think about how you handle your holiday stress and stress relief. Now let me give you three steps you can take to make sure you have the best Christmas vacation and why you need one.
Figure out if you would rather take your Christmas vacation before Christmas, after, or a little bit of both.
Like fitness, business, and personal goals, you have to have a plan in mind so you can maximize your experience. Figure out if you are staying close by, visiting family, or going away. Once you know this, decide what fuels your rest fulfillment. Do you enjoy your time being free leading up to the big event (Christmas) or do you like to work right up to it, and relax after it’s over? If you know you are a last-minute shopper, maybe you need a few days before and a few days after.
Or perhaps, you haven’t left the city all year long. Do everyone a favor around you and get out of town. Whether it’s an outdoors adventure with your family or that sandy beach, find time to change up your scenery. It makes the world of difference in your outlook when your environment has been refreshed a few times a year.
2. Let your clients know you plan on taking time off and how this will affect normal payment schedules and workout routines.
Holiday stress affects everyone to some degree, especially in regard to finances. So, the quickest way to upset your clients is by not having an adjustment plan for your services if you are booking them month to month. Even if you are planning on taking time off, some people live far from their family, don’t pay much attention to the holidays, and don’t like their routine adjusted.
They don’t plan on taking time off so they assume you won’t either. Wrong. Don’t be persuaded, even by your nicest, hardest working clients. When you enjoy working with clients, it’s hard to tell yourself that you need a break from ALL clients. But you do. Don’t pick your favorite work project to keep pursuing through your holiday “break.” A full break is necessary. When discussing your scheduling adjustments, be gentle, yet firm with how you approach this. And do so before the holiday season begins!
3. Budget your holiday spending off your adjusted December income, not your regular monthly income.
If you plan on spending money on all your favorite people, make sure you realize that your bills, rent, groceries, gas money, don’t go on pause mode. Unless you have set aside money ahead of time for your Christmas spending, understand that holiday spending brings a much different level of heat to the check book. Everyone knows this, but not many people adjust to it. Don’t dig yourself in a hole. Understand that as an entrepreneur in the early phases, your work you put in is what you get out. If you aren’t working, you aren’t making money. Paid vacations aren’t a thing, you either can afford to take them because you’ve been wise with your money until then, or you take a hit. It’s the hardest part of being a business owner. If you rest, so does your business.
Especially when you are the only employee. So keep in mind that rest, and time from work means you most likely will be making less money around the time of year you need it the most. If any of you have certain ways that you adjust your client schedule to fulfill your much-needed rest while still keeping the bank account steady, feel free to share! As much as we love to share our business savvy wisdom, we also love to hear other voices as well.
Regardless of how you take your Christmas vacation, keeping an open communication line with your clients leading up to the holiday craze is the best way to keep both parties involved, satisfied and understanding. Your client’s health matters, but so does yours. Work hard, work intentionally with each client you have year-round, and they’ll most likely be more than willing to give you the time you need off with a joyful heart. And If you absolutely need the money, then adjust your schedule as light as you can. It will make a difference in your attitude as well. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!