Client Work Over the Holidays

So now that we are into the holiday season, it might be a good time to remind you all to make sure you plan ahead for the holiday season. Don’t let clients pressure you into working rather than spending time with your family or friends. I know what it is like as I have made this mistake in years past. Everyone wants their projects done before the new year, even if it isn’t reasonable to make such a request.

At the end of November, I started telling everyone that any work started wouldn’t be done until after the seventh of January. This gives me plenty of breathing room when it comes to completing work, and makes sure that client expectations are set properly. I can now celebrate the holidays, and New Years without the burden of client work eating away at me.

This is a smart idea for another reason. Ever work on a project and not being able to get the feedback you need to finish it? Well, the holiday season is the worst for that. No one is ever at home or in their office, and if you don’t get the information you need, and finish your work on time, it only makes you look bad.

Be smart, plan ahead, and enjoy your holidays.

  1. By Dan Schulz posted on December 20, 2007 at 3:43 am
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    I didn’t do that last year and it hurt me… bad. This year, I decided (ok, I made the decision as my New Year’s resolution) that I would NOT work during the holidays, come Hell or high water.

    So far it’s working.

  2. By Stefan Klose posted on December 20, 2007 at 7:01 am
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    About three years ago i tried to work on christmas days. My family most gracious idea was to divide me into four parts. 😉

    It’s mostlikely a matter of organisation – call your clients accurately to inform them about your holiday plans. Make yourself a To-Do-List for those things, you can’t ignore over holidays. Try to use the days between christmas and New Years Day. I think it’s most important to enjoy this days with your family. You will gain new energy and creativity. 😉



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