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Wellbeing / Work life balance

How to sustain the holiday feeling

Even as January ends, my street is still dotted with discarded Christmas trees, drooping fairy lights and half-deflated Santas. I know how he feels. With the tan faded and toys broken, how can you sustain that holiday feeling?

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I’ve never managed to fully sustain that holiday feeling myself, but hope these strategies will make the
difference this year:

Plan another holiday

The fact that we’ve just had Australia Day helps, but I’ve already planned some more time off later in
the year. Even though it’s months down the track, just booking it makes me feel better and it’s something
to look forward to now the grind’s got going.

Focus on resolution results

Now’s the time to revisit that overoptimistic list of New Year’s
resolutions
and start to focus on just a few key results. The year generally starts with lofty ambitions to get
super fit and healthy, but by Australia Day, I’ve changed ‘get fit’ to ‘run twice a
week’.

In terms of business resolutions, consider picking just two goals you’d like to reach in 2009 and list the
specific actions and timings needed to achieve them.

"I’ve never managed to fully sustain that holiday feeling myself, but hope these strategies will make the difference this year."

Write it down and pin it up

I’ve written up a few goals and resolutions and stuck it to my door. It is a constant reminder to help focus my
activities and makes me feel organised, too.

Lower the expectations

I’ve wondered before about whether our desire to always love our work is
unrealistic
. I like having a distinction between work and holidays. I remember the great feeling of freedom of
breaking up from school. If we have no doldrums throughout the year, how do we enjoy the full elation of setting off
on holidays?

How do you keep the holiday feeling alive? Is it possible? We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.

And to the guy across the road, please take down your fading Christmas decorations. They’re an unwelcome
reminder that the long break is over for another year.

 

Peter Crocker

looks after content at Flying Solo. As part of Business Copywriter he partners with digital agencies and corporate clients on websites and digital content. He's the co-author of Flying Solo Revisited: How to go it alone in business.

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