I’m not working for two days once I finish typing up this blog post, and recently I was asked this by another freelancer:
“How can you find time to take time off?”
A fair question, because when you work for yourself, every drop of spare time is vital to finding new clients to keep your head above water.
How I Find Time To Take Time Off
The fact is, we all need time off. I recently met up with a copywriter for a coffee and we chatted about taking a break.
Here’s what he said to me:
“Matt, I make sure I take one day off every six weeks. I work solidly, then I take a day for myself.”
Working hard and making money is what we all love, it pays for the food we eat, the roof over our heads and the beach holidays we all look forward to.
However, working yourself into the ground leads to burnout.
Suddenly your brain is stuck, your creativity dries up and you’re struggling to find the enthusiasm to sit at your computer every day.
So, I make sure I have the odd day here and there, just like my writer friend I mentioned earlier.
I don’t do it every week, that would be insane, but giving my brain and body a rest means I work much better as a result.
Why You Can Take Time Off Too
Taking a day or two off isn’t going to make your business fail. If you’re doing all the right things, a day will not make a difference.
Some people will argue it will, it won’t.
I let my clients know in advance of days off I have coming up and a great client will be more than understanding.
You can set up your social media posts in advance on apps such as:
- Buffer, and
So you’re still being seen.
If my business fails due to me taking a day off, I’ll run through Coventry naked, but I won’t need to because it won’t.
It’ll fail because I don’t care enough or because I don’t work hard enough, and I work plenty hard, but one day off does not a failure make.
Don’t Feel Guilty
So, if you’re ever feeling guilty or you worry about taking a small amount of time off, just tell yourself a day now and again doesn’t matter. As long as you’re doing all the ring things between working on your fab business, a rest day won’t make a difference
And if anybody tells you differently, ignore them, they’re wrong.
They’re probably the kind you see on LinkedIn telling you if you’re not working fifteen hours a day, seven days a week you’re not working hard enough.
Oh, I took a day off and I feel great.
They ran themselves into the ground and now they’re ill and can’t get out of the bed as their immune system has taken a hammering – thus meaning they can’t work for a week.
Go on, have a day off.
Until next time,