5 ways to stay on track this summer holiday

When I started Charlie Moo’s my main aim was to make a bit of money and be a full time mum. This is still my main aim and with 2 weeks to go until the summer holidays I’m excited about no routines and spending quality time with the children BUT I also have a small business to run.  If you are anything like me you want to spend the summer holidays like this ….

After burgers, sausages and corn there’s always room for marshmallows!! #summerfun

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Not like this …..

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The trick is time management.

Staying on track is easy with my 5 simple tips : 

  1. Schedule: Scheduling is your friend. Schedule in a few blog posts – write 5 or 6 now and spread them over the holidays so at least something goes live once a week. Schedule updates on social media. Twuffer is useful for scheduling on twitter. Send out tweets linking to old content relevant to the summer holidays. For Facebook use the scheduling system where you write an update (this has better reach than 3rd party apps). Post something at least once a day.  With all these things scheduled if you are too busy/tired that you don’t have time to do anything you won’t feel stressed about your reach and if you do have time bonus!
  2. Email Organisation: At the start of the day spend 5 minutes checking your email. Delete anything that isn’t useful straight away so it doesn’t clog up your inbox.  Reply to anything urgent or send a quick “I am working reduced hours at present and will reply to your email on …”, then set time an hour or two in your diary to reply properly, or do the actual work the email requires.  NOT however in the evening when you are totally shattered as this is counter productive. Make it a time when your partner is around, your child is at a club or have a working from home day whereby they utilise the facilities you have at home (although in my case this normally erupts into arguments and she said he said!)
  3. Network: If you do need some small business/blogging stimulation meet up with others in the same position. This way it’s a win win, children get to play and you get that adult conversation. Send out a tweet/Facebook invite, pack a picnic and go get outside! Or contact your local soft play see if you can get some discounted vouchers.
  4. Be a NO man! and a YES Mum! It’s OK to sometimes say no! Don’t try and take on a project or extra workload when you are working reduced hours. The children won’t thank you for being grumpy, stressed and tired and you won’t enjoy the work. Say Yes to spending time with the children, enjoying days out, walks in the forest and cooking on rubbish BBQ’s.
  5. Chill Out Man!  How often do you get time just to chill? Probably never! It’s the holidays, enjoy them as before you know it you’ll be redundant and no longer cool enough to hang out with! Spend time relaxing and recuperating, give your brain time to rest. 6 weeks goes by a lot faster than you think! You will also feel so much better when you hit September with fire in your belly and a good nights sleep!

Do you have any top tips to stay sane in business during the school holidays?  If you are more visually minded you could employ the use of Timeline Templates to help keep projects on track with your clients whilst you are on semi shut down.

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23 Comments

  1. July 6, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I always make sure I am completely up to date with everything during the last couple of weeks before summer hols and then I am much more relaxed during the summer and can just keep up in an evening if I need to. 🙂
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    • July 6, 2015 / 11:10 am

      there is nothing worse than a massive to do list and 3 children wanting to do stuff!!

  2. July 6, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    Excellent and very wise advice (though I know I check my email too often…)

  3. July 6, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Some excellent tips here whatever your situation. Will pinch a few of these, thank you

  4. July 6, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I am like you – looking forward to two weeks’ time when the kids break up and we can have a more relaxed pace but in the next two weeks I’m also trying to cram in as much as possible so I can chill a bit!!
    I think I will get more time to myself this summer though… Which I haven’t had over the last few years. Great tips Joanne!
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    • July 7, 2015 / 8:28 am

      I used to work in the evenings and when they are small this is so much easier as bedtime is at 7ish. Now they are older we like to go out in the evenings for walks and bike rides when it’s cooler and to be honest I’m far too tired to contemplate working. I guess mobiles and tablets are a good option here as at least you can still promote your blog and chill watching trashy TV.

  5. July 14, 2015 / 7:20 am

    These are brilliant tips. We have that fun transition into school time to manage and work too. Hope all is good, loved your colour run photo, looks like lots of fun x

    • July 24, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      I can’t possibly be responsible for you having to purchase more notebooks *one of course can never have enough notebooks!*

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