Don’t Forget to Take a Holiday

In our go-go-go world, many of us are conditioned to feel guilty when we’re not doing something related to our business. Add this to the fact that most of us don’t get paid when we’re not working, and many independent PR and MarCom consultants fail to take sufficient time off throughout the year (which is ironic, since most of our employed brethren assume solos vacation at will).

This is workaholic approach is short-sighted. We all know that taking a vacation is an important way to renew and recharge, but – lest you think you’re doing your clients a favor by not taking off – you may not be aware that it’s also critical to our ability to perform. If you need more convincing, think of it this way: there’s nothing harder on your business than an illness, and vacations are a key way to avoid stress-related (read: preventable) ailments.

The good news is, there’s no better time than the present! With the holidays upon us, all of the sane people will be out of the office anyway. Yes, I know you can think of little projects you’d like to clear off your plate while it’s quiet, but just think how much faster you’ll be able to do those tasks once you’re rested.

In the days ahead, I’ll be heeding my own advice and unplugging to spend time with family. When Solo PR Pro returns in the New Year, there are some big topics we’ll be diving into that were too involved to post during this period, so stay tuned.

Here’s hoping that you and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/rockstarjen Jen Wilbur

    Great advice Kellye! My husband would kill me if I didn’t take a vacation with him. How do I do it? If you align yourself with a network of other solo pros you trust, you can help each other out. I’ve sat in for a colleague while she was on maternity leave, and another handled my largest account when I headed out for a 2-week cruise last week.

    For the holidays… Yes, I’ll be available here and there, but I’m mostly offline on the weekends. And the holidays are definitely a “no” unless it’s a true emergency.

    Sanity rules! =8)

    Jen Wilbur’s last blog post..rockstarjen: trying to catch up after a twitterless day…

  • Kellye Crane

    Jen: Excellent point about having a network of other consultants to serve as your backup. I think that’s worthy of its own post someday soon!

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