Chop Chop! 5 Things to Do Before it’s Time for the Holidays (summer + winter + whenever!)
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the summer holidays, winter holidays, or any time during the year that you want to take time off from your business – if you don’t do some planning and prep work ahead of time, you’ll find yourself working when you’re supposed to be relaxing.
The key is to give yourself plenty of lead time so you don’t get stressed out about everything that has to be done before you take a much needed break.
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Time Freedom Business Transcript – Chop Chop! 5 Things to Do Before it’s Time for the Holidays
It’s Melissa Ingold from TimeFreedomBusiness.com. I want to talk to you today about getting yourself prepared to take off for the holidays, whether it’s the summer, the winter, or just any time during the year that you want to take some time off without worrying about what’s going on with your business, and without taking your laptop with you so that you can stay connected and working while you’re on vacation. That’s really not being present and enjoying the time off, so I’m going to share some different things that you can do to get yourself prepared for that.
Most entrepreneurs are thinking, “Next week I’m heading off for vacation,” and so they have to hustle, they have to really do a lot and it’s kind of stressful, it’s chaotic, and not to mention you have to get packed and prepared to go. It really doesn’t have to be that way.
What I do recommend is that at the beginning of the year, or even just right now, plan out when you intend to take some time off, whether it’s a week, two weeks, or even longer, that way you know ahead of time when you’re going to be taking that time off and you can start to get prepared long before that time arrives. That way you’re not going to have to deal with that stress and chaos when you know that you’re taking off for a couple of weeks this weekend and you have two days to get ready for it.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t just take a long weekend, take a couple of days off here and there. You don’t really need to be prepared for those times when you just don’t feel like working, you want to go to the beach and hang out with your kids or go have lunch with your friends, and so you only put in a little bit of time. This is different than taking an entire week off.
I’m talking about completely unplugging, not checking email, not going online, just being completely unplugged during your vacation – as much as you want to be. I want to share some tips with you on how you can get prepared for that.
These are some things that I like to do.
You’re going to want to give yourself enough time to do all of these things so that when the time comes you’re going to be rocking and rolling, you’ll be able to take off and enjoy your time off while your business is still growing, content is still being released, and it seems like your business is just ticking along like you’re there working on it and making things happen.
The first thing that I want you to think about doing is to plan, batch create, and schedule your content.
If you like to create a lot of content for your blogs or your newsletter, which is the next part of this, what you can do is sit down and plan out what you want to talk about on your blog for the next little while.
For instance, if you want to create enough content to get you through the whole summer, that way you’re going to have lots of content, you’re not going to have to worry about creating all of that content even if you say, “I’m going to take a couple of days in the middle of the week and go to the beach and just enjoy this beautiful weather,” instead of sitting in your office working. You’re going to have content that’s going to go out, you’re going to have lots of stuff.
Figure out how much content you need and then sit down and start planning out what all those topics are going to be.
- What are you going to talk about?
- What do you want to post?
- What are the titles?
Make some notes.
What I like to do is I sat down and created a whole bunch of titles and then I started making notes on every single title about what I wanted to cover for the content. That’s a way that you can do that. Then what you can do is do all the steps to get that content ready to be published so it can be scheduled to go out on your blog.
For instance, if you want to create one fresh new piece of content for every week throughout the summer then you would just schedule that on whatever day and then every week that new post is going to go out. If you have an assistant, she can be sharing that on social media for you.
That leads us into step number two, planning, writing, and scheduling your content in your newsletters.
Even if you just want to do a weekly newsletter, that way you’re not off thinking “I needed to mail my list this week,” that newsletter is going to be ready to go and it’s going to be going out on time every week even if you can’t get around to doing it or you just want to do it because you’re on holiday, you’re enjoying that time off.
The first part of that, creating the blog content, that can actually go into your newsletter. You can be publishing your newsletter every Thursday while your blog posts get automatically posted to your blog, because you can use the scheduling feature for that. It can be published first thing in the morning, your newsletter goes out later, you have the content sending people to your blog and you have some calls to action monetizing all of that. That way you have content going out not only on your website but to your subscribers as well.
Another thing you want to do, which I talked about first, is planning and scheduling that time off.
That was really number one, so that way you know what is coming ahead of time and you can plan for it far enough in advance so you’re not stressing out and worrying about all of that stuff later.
Number four is plan and schedule your promotions.
You want to be able to make money, so over that time if you have products or programs that you already sell, maybe you can run a special promotion, a coupon that you could run. You can write that email, schedule it for that time, have the coupon ready to go, and you could have that promotion running while you’re away on holidays. That’s something to plan as well.
Or let’s say it’s going to be another month before you’re really starting to take a lot of time off, you could maybe create something new, create a workshop, have everything ready to go for this whole new program, then you can write the promos for it and schedule it to go out and you could be promoting that new program while you’re away so you’re going to be making some money while you’re taking time off.
Number five is really important and a lot of may not think of this, to actually assess and update your emergency process.
What I mean by this is if you have an assistant or if you have a team I want you to look at your process for emergencies while you are away, because things do happen.
For instance, let’s say you’re promoting stuff, you’re sending people to your blog, and all of a sudden your website just goes down. You’re away on holidays and you don’t have your laptop and you really don’t want to deal with that stuff. What is the process for handling something like that? Will your assistant be checking on your website, keeping an eye on things? Will she be able to login and contact your web host to find out what’s going on? Will she be able to connect with other team members, your tech team for instance, and get the issue resolved?
Those are things you need to think about so that you’re not being dragged into that, you’re not on holiday thinking, “Oh my God, my website is down, what am I going to do? I have access to nothing,” worrying and stressing about that on your holidays. You really don’t need that. If you have a plan in place so that those things are taken care of for you then you’re going to feel so much better.
You could have a situation, like the website going down.
- Who is going to know about that?
- What’s their next step?
- Who do they contact?
- In what situation would they reach out to you by text?
For instance, my team knows that they need to do everything they can to resolve the situation without me. If it comes to a point where I have to make an executive decision that they can’t really make for me, then they can reach me by text and say, “We need a quick a reply. Do you want to do this or this?” and I can reply, get it done, and I don’t have to worry about it.
Those are the only times you really want your team to be pulling you into something like that when you’re on vacation. I want you to assess and update your emergency processes for different things that may happen while you’re away so that way you don’t have to worry about it.
I hope that helped you and gave you some ideas for getting yourself ready to go on holidays without everything being stressful and chaotic and not really getting a whole lot done because you were so crunched for time. The key thing that you want to remember is to plan out your holidays in advance so your team knows, your assistant knows, and you know ahead of time so that you can start to create things and you’re not going to be crunched for time to get all kinds of stuff done.