Productive Holiday Break

I’ve already mentioned that I’m going to need to work at least a little bit over the holiday break. It’s inevitable. But, even so, I’m definitely looking forward to some time to kick back, stuff my face with holiday treats, and do a little relaxing.

However, I’m going to be taking a pretty decent chunk of time “off” (a little over a week and a half). And, anybody who knows me will tell you that I can only relax for so long before I’m driving everybody around me crazy. I genuinely like to be productive.

While I can typically fill my time with work (emails alone take up a pretty decent chunk of my time!), I thought I’d be proactive and outline a few different productive ways I can put my holiday downtime to work.

So, if you’re anything like me (aka a compulsive weirdo who can’t sit still for longer than two minutes), maybe these suggestions will be helpful to you! If nothing else, we’ll be ready to tackle 2016 head on.

6 PRODUCTIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO OVER YOUR HOLIDAY BREAK

1. BRUSH UP YOUR WEBSITE OR PORTFOLIO.

As I’ve been mentioning for ages, I’m getting ready to launch a whole new look on my business website. But, before I feel ready to announce it to the world, I need to go in and do some polishing. I think it’s a good thing to get done when my normal work isn’t flowing at its regular pace!

2. GIVE YOUR SOCIAL PRESENCE A TUNEUP.

Update your LinkedIn summary. Switch out that Twitter photo. Write new bios. Create a great cover photo for Facebook. Do what you want to breathe a little more life into your social presence for 2016.

3. PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR.

I’ve already outlined a few of my bigger blog and business goals. But, as far as developing a plan for actually accomplishing them? Well, that piece of the puzzle still needs some work. During your holiday downtime is a great chance to sit down, reflect, and strategize for the coming year!

4. JOURNAL.

Admittedly, I’ve never really been into journaling. But, as somebody who makes her living writing, I think it’d be good for me to have an outlet to just get all of my thoughts and musings out on paper—this blog takes care of some of that, but not all. Like I said, your holiday break is the perfect time for reflection. So, why not get it all out of your brain and out onto some pages? You’ll be able to enter the new year feeling refreshed and centered!

5. CLEAN THROUGH YOUR FILES.

When you’re so busy, things can stack up and get messy. Take this opportunity to clean out that overwhelming inbox, sort through your tangle of computer files, and throw out all of that unnecessary paper clutter you’re keeping around. You’ll find it not only clears out your space, but your mind as well.

6. REST.

In the interest of full disclosure, I might not even touch one thing on this list (although, you’re definitely still more than welcome to!). In the end, I’ve decided that taking some time to rest, relax, and recharge is my most important goal over my holiday downtime. We work hard all year—we’ve earned this period of absolute nothingness.

I really hope you enjoy your holiday break with your families and loved ones. Whether you’re aiming to be productive or you just want to sit in your pajamas and eat Christmas cookies (I’m raising my hand over here), I’m wishing you a very happy holiday season!

Until next time!