10 things to do before you drop the ball

If you’re like most people balancing a side hustle with real life; finding the happy place between work and real life can be the hardest part! Here I share my 10 fail safe must do’s to confidently globe trot, while still being a responsible business owner.

It’s important for entrepreneurs to refuel and replenish their reserves. When you work for yourself you have to constantly retain momentum and focus, while also being a self motivator.

Believe it or not, maintaining a side hustle exerts a lot of energy. Creating a wellness routine that fuels you is important, but taking time out to relax and refuel is just as important. Especially if your area of business is in creating! The creative process is not only exhausting, but requires a constant flow of inspiration. 

If you’re finding inspiration within the four walls of your home office-congratulations! I may need your help on creating a more inspiring workspace, but if you’re like most people who work from home or work remotely-in order to find inspiration, we need to unplug, recharge, and maybe frolic a bit.

It can be so hard to really step away and enjoy that vacation you’ve planned for months when you feel guilty for having fun or like every second means money.

So here is a list of my 5 biggest power moves to escape and recharge- guilt free knowing, with ZERO doubt, that your house of cards will not crumble!


Before:

Communicate:

Current Clients:

  • send an email, dm, or personal phone call to all of your current clients to let them know you’ll be “out of communication” for XYZ amount of time. 

  • set up an auto email (yes-I know this is some old school BS), but trust me, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if anyone missed the memo, they are now in the loop and if you get any new potential clients, they will at least appreciate that you are starting off with full disclosure and communication!

Social Media:

  • post about preparation, planning, and the benefits of unplugging, 

  • post about anyone else you may have designated to be in charge while you’re gone, social media can be a fun way to let your audience know who is temporarily in charge.

Workflow:

Current projects:

  • Complete and wrap up any current projects if the deadline overlaps with your break.  This gaurentees that you will not be stressed about any loose ends, but it also lets your client know that you are a person of reliability who honors commitments. 

  • Delegate any open ended projects to someone that you trust to complete the project, or at least over see it while you’re away. Make sure that your client and point of contact are connected and both on the same page for a smooth transition.

  • prep any projects that may not be live now, but will need to be live quickly after you return. This assures an easier re-entry into work life. 

Social Media:

  • set up automatic posting through 3rd party social media posting apps such as tailwind or hootsuite.  

  • set timers on your phone when those posts are going to be live and allot 20 minutes after each post to engage with your audience.

During:

Communicate (nope):

  • You already set up realistic expectations for your clients by letting them know your plans, designating a reliable point of contact if needed, AND a follow up auto email. They are all set. Setting up realistic expectations with clients regarding communication sometimes means NOT responding so they understand when you are working and when you are not.

Social Media:

  • while you are away, take all the photos and all the videos, but don’t feel the need to post on social media. Believe it or not your audience will probably appreciate that you have boundaries in your life, and know how to unplug when it matters.

  • I think it’s important to always take notes when you’re experiencing things that are out of your every day and may jolt feelings, emotions, or just a moment of reflection. 

  • if you feel the need to post on social media while you are “out of the office” remember to keep it professional, keep it short, and don’t allow posting on social media to take away from being present with your loved ones!

After:

Re-entry:

  • Always give a 24 hour buffer after the plane has landed to re-enter work life. This gives YOU a realistic time frame to get your family back in order, and transition your mind back into hustle mode. 

  • Make space for the emotional re-entry. There is no right or wrong way to feel when you come back from a break. You could feel energized, refueled, and longing to return to your purposeful work. You could feel drained from spending so much time being connected to your loved ones and engaged in the moment. You could return feeling sad that the break has passed and work life is upon you. I’m not here to debate the feeling, I’m just here to make sure you make space for processing and reflecting on the time away!