Make Your Own Statutory Holiday
As some of you might have noticed, I am Canadian. It’s apparent in some of my writing – color/colour, humor/humour, affluent/effluent – but for the most part, it really doesn’t matter.
This past Monday was a statutory holiday in my province (that’s Canadian for state), but because I have many American clients, it wasn’t much different than any other Monday. The kicker – the rest of my clients are Canadians, so I can’t take the American holidays off either. Ohh, poor freelancer. No more long weekends.
So, I’ve figured out a few ways to create my own stat holidays, and give myself a few long weekends.
- Book the day off – For the next three months, I have booked the third Monday of every month off. This way I can schedule the rest of my assignments around it, and enjoy a few long weekends.
- Get ahead of schedule – I am a master procrastinator, but I am taking steps to get the job done before the deadline. Apparently this will decrease stress, and increase revenue. Who knew?
- Lose the guilt – I strive to be available for my clients whenever they need me, but in order to provide them with brilliant concepts, I need to recharge my batteries every once in a while. I’ve chosen not to feel guilty.
- Be like Nike – “Just Do It” (which apparently their spokesperson took a bit too literally)
What are your thoughts on long weekends? How do you make sure that you do what needs to be done, while still having time for yourself?