Adults don't get "Christmas break".
But this is not a blog post about the war on Christmas. It's a blog post about the precedence "work" has taken in our lives.
Most of my friends, and family, in "real jobs" get a handful of days off, sometimes scattered throughout the holidays. Entrepreneurs - not so much. Sometimes I can't even tell the difference between Monday and Friday. The grind is never ending.
Owning an e-commerce business means that Christmas is one of the busiest times of year, and being your own boss means that the work never really stops. There will always be e-mails. There will always be social media accounts to update. Staff to manage. Things to do. Etc. Entrepreneurs know what I mean.
The only way to get a break, is to take one for yourself.
It's one of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur: making time for yourself. But self-care is super important to me (I founded a whole company around it). So I have declared my own 2-week break for the holidays. And you should too.
I know what you're thinking.
"Sounds lovely, but I can't."
"I have too much to do."
"How can you walk away from your business for two full weeks?"
Luckily, I have a killer team that shares the load. Not really sure what I'd do without them. I've also systemized parts of the business, and put processes in place to automate a lot of what would take up my time previously. Things like Buffer and Snug save my life in content planning. It's a combination of these things that allow me to take time off. But beyond that, it's allowing myself take a vacay with zero guilt. Because self-care isn't selfish. Especially as an entrepreneur - we need it.
You have to be unapologetic in putting yourself first.
In actuality, I will still work these next couple weeks. I will check in for an hour or so a day, to make sure all hell hasn't broke loose. But at the end of the day, I work to live - not the other way around. As much as I LOVE my job (it's truly the best, ever) - there's more to life than increasing revenue and launching new projects. So, I'm setting that auto-reply and I'm not letting myself stress. I am unapologetically putting myself first. And I hope you do, too.
Happy Holidays, friends.