Are you a workaholic? When you’re employed by someone else it’s much easier to leave work behind on Christmas Eve and forget it ’til you go back in the new year.
But when you’re freelance or run a small business, a workaholic approach often goes with the territory. Tuning out and turning off can be a challenge when your financial life depends on it. But a proper break is the best way to loosen up, lighten up and make the imagination flow.
If you find it hard to switch off and relax, here are some tips for stepping AWAY from your working life for a decent chunk of time this Christmas!
If you’re planning to work in between Christmas and New Year but, if you’re honest with yourself, there isn’t anything pressing to do, take an executive decision and nick off for the entire week between Christmas and New Year.
Turn your smartphone off. Switch off your PC and stash your laptop somewhere you can’t see it. Block out the whole week in your diary. Take every step you can to encourage yourself to let work lie from December 23rd to January 3rd. If you’re paranoid about missing important calls, chill out. Most people are taking a break.
Steer clear of social networks for the duration. If you use Facebook or Twitter for business, it’ll only remind you of work. If you’re tempted to go on LinkedIn, get a life!
Head outdoors and march around whatever the weather. There’s nothing like a brisk walk to get your blood pumping and the ideas flowing. Walk the seafront from deepest Hove to the Marina and beyond, along the Under Cliff Path. Go on an urban hike. Let the wind blow through your poor tired brain.