I know I sound like a broken record, but this is the only way you are going to listen to me.
Truth is, this is the best time of the year to take a break:
If you’ve got kids, it’s the summer holidays, so it’s doubtful you’ll get anything done. Your clients will be taking holidays (probably). And if you can’t beat them, might as well join them:
Work won’t dry up just because you took time out to refresh your fried brain:
And while we’re at it, when I say take a break, I mean log off completely from work (don’t you even dare check your emails on the sly):
Be present wherever or however you choose you spend your time out:
The last quarter of the year is the busiest for most businesses. They’ll need your ninja writing skills more than ever. They do not need a jaded, burnt out writer. And that’s what you’ll be if you don’t take time out:
It’s not all sangria-la though. When you log off, you replenish your creative juices and are filled with more energy and ideas on how to grow your business, which takes us to…
… when you come back from Log Off land, sit down and plan your marketing and growth activities for the next four months (September-December is probably the busiest and most profitable time of the year for businesses, and by extension, you, freelancer extraordinaire, remember?)
Your plan should be relatively detailed. It should include things like prospects and current clients to approach for autumn/Thanksgiving/Christmas projects, your content plan, email marketing, social media… everything you need to help you fast-track your business in the next four months, so that you can have a very merry Christmas indeed:
And set you up for an expectant 2018:
So, just log off and take a break already, will ya?