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How Much Time Do I Take Off For The Holidays? - Malene Jorgensen

How Much Time Do I Take Off For The Holidays?

It’s already the holidays again. It feels like it was just yesterday that I sat down to plan 2019 and had plenty of ideas. This year would end up being focused on pregnancy and everything that comes with it. That includes exhaustion, sleeping, doctor’s appointments, and more. Now, that little baby N has joined the crowd, I don’t have much time. Those who have two kids under 3 will understand that you need to make the most of every minute you have.

The holidays are coming up and like always, I plan on slowing down and taking time off for the holidays. As a business owner, I understand that the holidays may seem like the best time to work because it’s quiet, the kids may be on playdates, and you can work in your jammies and no one will judge you.

But – I’m going to remind you to focus on the little things in life.

If you don’t enjoy the holidays with your family, friends, good food, and a Christmas movie, then you’re missing out. The reality is that the holiday season is the one time where everything shuts down. It’s the one time of the year, where you won’t necessarily make more profits than any other day. That means it’s not financially worth it to risk time with those you love.

And, being a mom, that mom guilt may creep in if you don’t take some time off. Personally, I enjoy those times where I can just hang out with my little ones in our jammies and not worry about answering emails, checking reports, or worrying about the fact that it’s almost 10 am and I haven’t showered yet.

In terms of taking time off, I always slow down during the week leading up to Christmas. This year, that would be the week of December 16th to the 20th. I officially go on holiday on the 20th of December and will be on holiday until January 2nd, 2020. Does that mean everything is off-limits? No, of course not. We have to stay somewhat up to date throughout the holidays, but I limit it to a two-hour max each day unless it’s an emergency.

How much time are you planning on taking off? Share your thoughts and advice below in the comments section.

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