I’ve recently written a blog to mark the first anniversary of my business, Outspoken Voiceover. As I went through things that I’ve learned or I’ve worried about in that time, one subject that I could have added, but didn’t, is the holiday.
As a self-employed person, there never quite seems like the right time to take a holiday. There’s always one more job to deliver, one more audition to do, one more email to write. Then just as you complete that task, I find that this sentence follows, ‘Oh and I’ll just do this…’
My employed partner, John, wants a holiday, needs a holiday, has earned a holiday and will continue to earn while he’s away. So he can relax while I desperately seek a Wi-Fi hotspot and become bereft at seeing ‘no service’ on the top of my phone.
THEN, I fear that this will be where I would have won the voiceover gig of a lifetime. The opportunity that has just slipped away while I was enjoying
a lingering lie-in, a countryside walk or a full English breakfast.
Eventually I accept that perhaps a holiday is a good thing for me, that it will recharge my batteries and ‘hey, what’s the worst thing that can happen?’
As it turns out, the worst thing that can happen is losing momentum. At least that is the case for me. It’s like making good ground on a long journey and then having to stop at unexpected road works. It seems surprisingly tough to get back into the groove and build up that speed again, even if you were going great guns just a few days before – and even if you love the work that you do!
So how to get the mojo back?
- I started by lowering in gently. My partner was back at work on the Tuesday, so I made a start on the Monday. Not fully. Just bringing myself up to date with what I’d missed, doing some social media and reminding people that I was still around.
- I updated my business pages and voiceover profiles. Nothing too challenging, but stuff that needed doing, stuff that could be done swiftly and didn’t need my full mental capacity.
- I also created my ‘things to list’ for my first full day. What had I procrastinated over before the holiday? What did I not want to commit to, knowing that I wouldn’t be here to follow through? Who had I promised meetings with? What events did I need to book for?
Before I knew where I was, I was building structure back into my day and
I was slowly getting back into my comfort zone. But taking holidays is clearly something I’m going to have to learn to do.
So what are your tips for getting away from it all? Do you ever manage to switch off – and if you do, how do you manage to switch back on again?