Christmas is just a couple of weeks away and I have started on one of my traditions. It isn’t putting the tree up, making a cake, or writing cards. It is something I have done every year for as long as I can remember and certainly since I started work in the early 1990s.
From early December I start to file things as Christmas reading or jobs to do. Virtually all the jobs I have had during my career have involved working or being on call at the festive season. And as I haven’t got children I would usually offer to work between Christmas and New Year so others could have family time. I would use the time when many people are not at work to catch up with things, to start to do some planning, and to tidy the loose ends of the year.
Here I am with three weeks until the end of 2020, running my own business and I have just created a folder that I have called Christmas reading. I was running through in my mind this morning the website changes that I want to make. And my business plan needs a long overdue overhaul.
This is going to be a festive season like no other. Contact with relatives will be limited, friends will be available online, there have been no Christmas parties or nights out. But we all need to have a break from the pressure of a tough year as long as we do it safely. So as well as having a big long list of things that I want to do with a few days off, I also am going to give myself time to relax, to regather my thoughts, recharge my batteries and feel ready for the new year.
In a year when we have faced so much we need to look after ourselves, get some fresh air, find some things that will make us smile and switch off from some of the daily stresses. I hope you get some time to catch up on the reading and ‘to do list’ but most importantly to be safe and unwind.