Though holidays come with plenty of pleasure and merriment, for freelancers, it is not often without the feeling of not being productive as they want to be as a result of most clients closing for the year. This is truer for freelancers who are into writing as publishers don’t do much printing when the year is about to end.
The fewness of professional productivity that underpins the downtime freelancers experience during the holidays often leaves them with plenty of time to either loaf around or indulge in other activities of stark fun with friends and family. However, there are some activities that could be said to be worthy of those chunks of hours more than loafing around or just having fun. In no particular order, they could be:
Here are 8 things freelancers can engage themselves with during the holidays
1. Having a go at a Personal Project
Every freelancer has an idea they have purposed in their minds to do someday. Each day they think of this idea yet they are never able to bring themselves to get it started, not to talk of finishing it. The holidays are a good period to attempt this wonderful dream.
2. Cleaning and Recalibrating the Home Space
During holidays are a good time for freelancers (even most people) to get rid of a lot of items that are neither ornamental nor functional in the house. Also, adjusting the arrangement of things around the house to allow for more space for easier movement or better aesthetics is an important activity.
3. Planning for the Next Year or Season
There’s a saying that it is during the time of peace that one prepares for war. The holidays are a good time for freelancers to chart their progress path for the coming year. That’s when they should decide the number of results, they want to churn out in the coming year to better the year ending; how best they would go about achieving results; the type of clients they desire to work with, and how they can attract them.
4. Scheduling and Attending Medical Check-Ups
There’s no better time to finally know why your body has been acting in that unusual manner all year long than during the holidays. Freelancers are advised to pick up their phone and put a call through to their doctors, tell them how they have been feeling at that part of their body for months, and schedule an in-hospital checkup and attend it. A man’s body and mind are the two most fundamental tools he has; he must ensure they are well and always ready for work.
5. Going on Date
Instead of wasting time loafing on the bed or couch and pattering around the house, making out time to go to that place of fondness with your loved one(s) is a good way to go during the holidays. It increases oxytocin which is very useful for bonding. It solidifies your relationship with your spouse/partner (and family).
6. Visiting Your Parents and In-Laws
One of the few ways to reaffirm to the older folks that we love them is we visiting them, especially during the holidays. It’s a special time they often look forward to seeing special people them like their children and their spouses/partners and families.
7. Reviewing Your Profile
All the jobs you have completed successfully throughout the year deserve to be included in your profile, and the holidays are a better time to fill them in. You can also take a new photograph to reflect your current outlook for your profile picture. If need be, rephrase your headline/tagline to better describe your proficiency level. The whole idea is to better introduce or reintroduce yourself to both prospective clients and existing clients respectively.
8. Attending a Trade Gathering
It’s worth it to attend that 2-day conference nearby for folks in your profession. It gives you the opportunity to network and let people know that a proficient professional like is within their reach, and open to collaborating with others. It also gives you the chance to learn, firsthand, about new developments in your industry, and meet the exponents of disruptions that are about to greet your field, “Happy New Year” or “Welcome to a New Season”.
Making the most of every moment doing something of importance is a basic desire in every individual. For freelancers, getting by the holiday downtime voodoo has always posed to be a challenging year in, year out. But, no more will it if the activities above are adopted for the coming holidays, and taken to religiously.