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The time has come and the school summer holidays are now in full swing!

While some office workers are heaving a collective sigh of relief because the commute to and from the daily grind has become somewhat more bearable, others are taking a deep breath, battening down the hatches and gathering what reserves of energy they can muster in order to survive the next six weeks.

I have to admit to being in the former camp, but since becoming a parent, am fast slinking into the second.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my son dearly but with six whole weeks to entertain him 24/7 the whole idealistic paradise of being a parent that I first entertained before he could walk is becoming a distant memory.

It’s not all bad news though.  Being with my son is forcing me to take a min-break from running my business and to be honest that is not such a bad thing.  Over the past few months I have been so engrossed in my business that I have not done what is necessary:  step back, take stock and just enjoy life outside the ‘business bubble’.

I would encourage parents, and especially those who are business owners to do just that.  Yes of course I realise that you can’t just stop running your business because it is the holidays, but I’d like to share some tips with you that may help you to recharge your batteries,  refresh your business and help you enjoy the next few weeks.

BOUNDARIES

Create some clear boundaries of when you will and will not spend time on your business over the holiday period. Create a schedule of hours that you will dedicate each week for handling calls, emails, monitoring your website and basic admin tasks. Make a plan to maximise your productivity in that time.  You may surprise yourself – I always find I achieve more than I thought possible when working to a deadline.   If you are employed and have taken annual leave the same applies – make sure you have periods of time when the phone is switched off.

LIVE FOR THE MOMENT

It sounds clichéd but once this day is gone, it’s gone.  Spend your time wisely and enjoy your children, partner, family.  Play, laugh and have fun.  Do something spontaneous that you wouldn’t normally do.  This again can pay dividends into your business or job as switching things up will lead new creativity to flow from you.

REFLECT

When you do manage to get sometime for yourself – when the kids are in bed or have gone off to a play-date – set some time aside to reflect on your business or job.  Celebrate the wins. If you are anything like me, I bet you are great at listing all the stuff that wasn’t quite right and that you could have done better.  Remembering to make a note of all the things that have gone well is a great energiser and will get you on track for an amazing autumn!

So there you have it.  Live, Laugh, Play and enjoy the time you have.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer!