A happy New Year to you all and I hope you’ve had a great time over the festive period.
I took a couple of weeks off mainly to recharge the old batteries and it’s worked. I’m back all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I don’t hold with working til you drop and the week before Christmas I was feeling more than a little jaded. I don’t work well creatively when I feel like that which is why I shut up shop the week before Christmas instead of the week of Christmas.
And I feel great. I am so ready to take on the world!
So how was your festive period? Did you manage to rest and recharge. I think it’s really important to take time away from your job. Even though social media never stops, it’s imperative you do. Firstly, taking a holiday – even one at home as I did – has been proven to improve productivity. I can vouch for this from past working experience: when I first started working in journalism and PR, I worked full time. When I had my first child, I cut my hours down to 24 hours over three days to allow me time to not only spend time with my kids, but to get things down around the house. I swear to God that I got more done in those 24 hours (8 hours per day for three days) than I ever got done in a week. That’s because I was more focused.
In order to allow myself time off over Christmas, I worked hard the week before to compose and schedule social media posts for my clients. That meant that not only did I not have to worry about getting posts signed off and out over the festive period, annoying my clients, but my clients got a break too.
Having a break is also good for your physical and mental health. I am far more creative and fun if I have lots of breaks rather than constantly having my nose in my laptop beavering away. Taking any break also helps reduce stress, which can lead to anxiety and depression, and other ailments.
It was also good to be around for the kids over the festive period. If I am working when they are at home I can’t fully give them or my work the attention they deserve. In saying that I have a teen and a pre-teen and they don’t want to spend time with me anyway! Thank God for the dogs – at least they want to spend time with me! 🙂
Finally, having taken time off, I was able to get interested in and have the time for other things which not only sparks my imagination (which is something you need to do social media) but allowed me to daydream. It’s when I daydream that my best ideas come to me.
Anyway, I have wittered on enough. Take some time for yourself, chill out and just enjoy life.