This time last year, I felt like I was in a pretty good place for mid-December. I had 6 months of social media content prepared and scheduled in advance. I was putting the finishing touches on my free challenge and launch scheduled for late January and early February respectively. I truly felt like 2018 was going to be the year of success for me…
It wasn’t. At least in the beginning.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’ll know I closed my online fitness business in June, feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and dejected. Since then, I’ve made it my mission to prioritise all the things that are important to me – relationships, health, fitness and fun.
As a result, I don’t work so hard anymore. I prioritise the most important tasks and let everything else fall by the wayside.
So, except a few emails that stored in the just-in-case bank, I haven’t prepared anything for 2019. I haven’t even got a plan for 2019. Yet, at the end of this week, I’m taking two… well, let’s say two-and-a-half week’s off work.
By the end of this week, I’m hoping to have wrapped up all the freelance tasks I’m currently working on. I’m hoping to have a blog or two pre-written for early January. I’d like to add another week of emails to the bank. And I will devote an hour or so to planning for next year. If I finish those tasks, perfect! If I don’t, they’ll move to next year’s to-do list.
I’m taking a break because I need it.
It would be all too easy to work another week, only take a few days off at Christmas, then charge into the new year, full steam ahead, because I’m not ‘organised’.
But… this year, I don’t need to be.
6 months ago, I set myself up to be able to take a few days off any time I need it. I don’t put a lot of work into planning ahead anymore, I get up every day and complete the tasks that’ll bring me the highest return on my investment. The tasks are the same every day, so if I unexpectedly miss a day or two, I catch up. Alternatively, if I know I’m taking a few days off, I do the work in advance.
You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m more stressed this year…
Because I’m a lot less prepared, but it’s completely the opposite. I’ll walk into January 2019 treating it the same way I treated November 2018. My expectations upon myself are a lot lower, and as a result, it gives me the space to take some time off, relax, recharge the batteries and most importantly, spending time with the people I care about this Christmas (Well, the ones who are in the UK anyway).
6 months ago, I decided to live the life I love and prioritise what matters most to me.
Taking time off this Christmas, well, that’s on the list.