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Take a Break this Holiday Season

Last week, three members of my freelance writing course contacted me with the same worry: they were burning out in a hurry. After so much work, day in and day out, they were beginning to dread spending time at their computer. This is not uncommon among freelance writers. Fortunately, I was able to help as I have burnt out several times myself in the past.

This holiday season it is important to remember that you are allowed to take breaks. This does not mean you should neglect your work and clients, but there is no reason to type until you hit bone. If you do, you are going to burn out in a hurry while also ruining your holidays. Is that a risk you are willing to take?

Personally, I am only going to work for a couple of hours Thanksgiving morning. The same holds true for the Friday following the holiday. Even though I plan on putting in a few hours each day, there is nothing wrong with taking both days off and giving your body a rest.

If you worry about taking a break during the holidays, because you don’t want your work to back up, try this tip: spend a few days working hard to get ahead of your workload. This way when you need to take time off you are able to do so without missing a beat. I use this “trick” time and time again and it never fails.

Don’t let the holidays pass you by as you sit at your computer. You may believe that all your clients are working, but you would probably be wrong. Just like you, they deserve a break during this time of the year.

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