As summer fast approaches; most of us are looking forward to taking some time off and spending it with family and friends. Think beaches, barbecues, summer holidays, camping trips and resort stays.
Whatever your flavor, your writing and business is bound to suffer if you don't have a built-in time off plan.
1.Schedule in extra time for non-work related activities: You will probably need to pen in a lot more time planning barbecues and trips to the beach and just spending some fun, quality time with family and friends. Clear out your schedule or don’t take on newer projects, so you won’t have to cancel any assignments or events at the last minute.
2.Try and get in some extra work time: This may mean getting up an hour earlier each day, or working for a couple of hours during the evening. But by deciding on these extra hours in advance, you’ve automatically shifted your work load to accommodate your additional non-work related plans.
3.Update your communication tools: Think of investing in an iPhone, blackberry or a laptop to help you work faster and more efficiently. If these are not in your budget, then there are ways to adapt. I always have my netbook and notebook (and pen) with me. And there are tons of little notebooks and pens in my car, bedroom, kitchen, handbags and even beach totes. This way, I'm never scrambling for that elusive slip of paper when my 'wow' idea strikes.
4. And finally, outsource your odd jobs: Think nannies and sitters, cleaning crew and personal chefs. Workwise, think marketing assistants, virtual assistants, financial advisors and sales staff. By delegating certain tasks to others; you are automatically creating extra time for yourself. Time which you will hopefully enjoy with your friends and family.
© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
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