Health + wellbeing

I worked on Christmas day, and loved it. Here’s why.

- January 29, 2018 2 MIN READ

Given the choice, most people wouldn’t dream of working on Christmas day. But I did work on Christmas Day, and loved it. Here’s why.

During the holiday season many soloists and microbusiness owners choose to take a much-needed break, even if it’s just for a couple of days. Most, understandably, don’t work on Christmas Day. I did.


Our big family gathering took place last night, on Christmas Eve, which is traditionally when we’ve always celebrated Christmas. This year, we also had a different family gathering with my partner’s family on December 23, so by Christmas Day, we’d actually already enjoyed all official, family celebrations.

So here I am, basking in the quietness of this beautiful day. It’s 8am and there’s literally not a sound coming from my street, not even the ringing bell from a new, wobbly-ridden bike.

There’s a certain calmness everywhere. Most aren’t at work. All the shops are shut. Cars are in driveways rather than on roads. My email inbox is quiet. Heck, even the spammers aren’t promising Christmas Google miracles!

It is actually a beautiful time to write.

There are no urgent deadlines.

There’s nowhere I need to be.

I have the time and space to reflect and write, at my leisure.

In fact, writing today is a Christmas gift to myself. First, because I love writing. Second, because I want to make life easier for next year. (I’m working on a number of fun Flying Solo articles in the coming week, and once finished, I’ll be ahead for 7 months. This will reduce a bit of deadline stress during the busy start of 2018.)

I guess, I’m giving myself the priceless gift of more time and less stress. This is the Christmas gift that will keep on giving, right through to July!

It’s okay to be different. Work your way.

I don’t run my business like everybody else. I work odd hours, on odd days, and probably in odd ways. And yet, it works for me.

I chose to work today because of the peace, the enjoyment, and the exhilaration of getting ahead.

I’m fortunate to have the freedom and flexibility to do this.

Soloism is the greatest gift I can have today, and every other day. It’s fitting that I should particularly revel in it today though.

On that note, I wish you all a happy and successful 2018. Enjoy working in whatever way you choose. It’s your business, so work your way.

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you ever work on Christmas day or other public holidays? Or, do you work in a way that’s different to others?

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  • Andrew Caska

    Caska IP Patent Attorneys

    'Flying Solo opened up so many doors for us - I honestly don't know where I'd be without it"