Taking Time off Without Stressing

Well, ladies and gents, December is upon us. Which means that the holiday season is in full swing. It’s the time of year to spend with friends and family. It’s also the time of year to deal with snow and sleet, mall traffic (for those stupid enough to still Christmas shop IRL instead of online), and losing your mind trying to juggle travel, holiday parties, gift shopping, etc. etc. etc.

If you’re like me and a one-woman shop, you’ve got to throw deadlines, work commitments, and client meetings into the holiday mix too. Just talking about all of this makes me want to have a cocktail (talking about cocktails, I had one during Thanksgiving called the “Family Forgetter” – HA!).

I plan on taking a week off between Christmas and NYE to visit family down south and just regroup and relax after a super stressful 2015. Here are a few tips I’m sharing that helps me take a break without stressing too much and enable me to put my biz on the backburner for a few.

Work Ahead

If you’ve got deadlines to meet during the holiday season, early December is the time to really dive in and tackle all of your priorities. This may mean working overtime for a week or two, but won’t it be nice to have all of your shit finished and money to burn this Christmas?

Don’t Take On More Work

Learn the power of saying no. If a client wants you to pick up a few more articles, be realistic about your time and see if you actually want to add more to your plate. If you can’t, don’t be afraid to say no to additional work. No is a magical word that I love to use often.

Set an Out of Office Response

If you’re traveling and away from your computer hours or days at a time, be polite. Set an out of office response so your clients know you’re not just blowing them off. This will also give you a little peace from checking your email 533211111 times on Christmas day.


You’re in business because you enjoy freelancing, right? Not to drive yourself batty. Enjoy reaping what you’ve sowed this year, including the time off you’ve earned. Sit back, relax, and sip on one of those Family Forgetters. Or maybe try a cocktail called Work Forgetter.

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