Most people, especially freelancers, often assume that when they are working from home they are just in a vacation. I beg to differ with that view and prove that even freelancers need time off the routine. You need to have the mentality that you are just as any other employee of say a company, working in the field in any profession. Just as these people take a vacation so should the freelancers also take a break?
As freelancers there is always need to take a vacation after they have worked for some time. The fear that may be in your minds is that a vacation will mean having not to make a penny and thus no progress financially. All you need to know you can still have productive time of you out there.
Taking a vacation will give you renewed energy. You will discover that the energy and new meaning may even compensate say a 7 day vacation. Evidence will show that a vacation works magic in renewing a person’s energy more so the freelancers.
Are you now ready for a vacation? Then here are some tested points for a freelancer to observe that will keep you inspired.
A good preparation before setting off is important. Ensure that the work on your table is completed. There is a need not to have pending assignments before you leave. It is also important to let your clients aware that you are of for the period that you will be away.
Even when you are out, as a rule, check you emails for 30 minutes every day. You are better off if you use a vacation auto responder for the email clients because you will find that emails will not be many then.
An item you should never leave behind is a pen and a notebook. A vacation should give you time to relax reflect and get explore new ideas. Take that time and note down anything that you can dream of at that time. It’s your opportunity to get your dreams recorded.
The vacation should also present to you a moment to read your favorite blogs or work related books. Take an hour or so to note down the important points that you get from these materials. It is better you do it just before you retire to bed. When you sleep, these ideas are well processed.
Another important advice for you is to refrain from thinking of your workload during your vacation. If you are to have a meaningful and productive vacation, just enjoy your time. Know that work will always be there even when you are long dead. Give your vacation the real meaning by just relaxing and refreshing your mind and body. Enjoy your time; after all you had made a decision that you were to relax during that time.
Go out expecting to have a wonderful and special time. Expect it to be a far from norm period and be determined to also act and behave different from a normal day. It should be your time to enjoy and have fun. This is a period meant to keep you away from the normal days and only the way you act can make it special. Enjoy the ‘’other side of you.’’ Don’t rule out, among other activities, playing your childhood games during this time.
Take that time to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. There are very interesting scenes out there for you to enjoy your vacation time. You can walk, go sightseeing sit under a tree, and enjoy the breeze of the sea and many other things. This is a rare opportunity and you should enjoy every moment of it. It helps to inspire you. It is a time to make new discoveries that may even help you in your life.
It helps not to tell or show people you meet during the vacation what you do .this might disrupt your good time out there because chances are they will ask you many questions and express it negatively that you will have much to do to make up for that time. If you however tell them what you do, make it known to them that you are on a vacation. Ensure that if there is a deal with them, it is important that you note it down and do it once you get back home.
When out there with your friends and family members during your vacation, avoid talking about work related issues. You will be counted as a bore when say you start talking of things like clients, design, ideas, writing and the like. Although it’s hard to avoid it, try as much as you can to refrain from bringing up work related issues if you are to enjoy your time out there.
The last tip here for a freelancer taking a vacation is to try and do some things you can never dream off in a normal day. You might think it is a joke but it works wonderfully well to make your vacation productive. Leaving your computer at home and switching your phone off. Yes it will help you relax and greatly help to make you relax.
The above tips for a freelancer are important to make his time out there productive. They just help to reinforce the main issue of whether freelancers should at any time leave their work and go out there to relax. These things are not just fumbles; they are tested points and show that it is healthy for freelancers to take time off their normal routine.