We all want to have more freedom in our work and, as business owners, we technically can create our own schedules…
Although that flexibility often has consequences.
For example, have you ever noticed that the weeks before and after a vacation are much more stressful because you’re trying to pack it all in before the big trip?
And let’s face it: can you really show up for your client when you’re calling from Singapore at 3 am local time with a bad Skype connection? I know trying to pull that off wouldn’t create the experience I want in my business or life!
With planning vacation, the goal is to create a great client experience and also consciously take a break without throwing off our routine with clients. So today, I’d like to introduce you to the Freedom Schedule.
There are five months in the year that have five weeks, or at least five partial weeks. I recommend that you plan your vacations for those five partial weeks. This way, you can still get in four “normal” weeks of work without disrupting or compressing your client schedule or your regular workload. No more stress before you leave or when you come back! Ahhhhhh!
Besides vacation, I also use that time for creative work such as curriculum development, on-boarding new clients (which typically takes a little legwork), or VIP days, especially since I’m a mom now and I don’t travel as much as I used to! Also, if you hire a nanny like me or use a daycare service, those people still get paid their normal monthly rate but you don’t have to output more money if you choose not to work those extra weeks.
As you look ahead to your year, keep an eye out for those special fifth weeks and see what fun and nourishing activities (or non-activities!) you can plan. I’d love to hear what you come up with – hit ‘reply’ to share your ideas.