Reward yourself for getting back to work again. I reward myself by doing client work which brings in immediate financial reward and helps me get back to working ways faster.
Got back from an AMAZING vacation form my hometown Dhoraji.
I was planning to not only visit Dhoraji but also few more places in Gujarat (Following what Amitabh Bachchan Says – Kuch Din Toh Gujaro Gujarat Mein (Spend some time in Gujarat)) for couple of years now but could not find long enough time to spend there. It’s been 15 years since I left my hometown after completing my higher secondary education.
Had been to lot of places in Gujarat but here are few pics that I would like to share from my visit to Gir forest in Gujarat.
Above pictures’ are from an iPhone or 7 Mega Pixel 3X optical zoom digital camera, which means the animals are not very far.
Why it took So Long for me to take a Long Break?
I always had client work coming my way and it was something I was not willing to reject in the early days of freelancing but over time I realized that it was becoming just too much for me and I started to say NO to some of the clients. Though I started rejecting or recommending other people for some tasks still I was not willing to take a long vacation because I assumed it will take me few months to get myself back to same level of work from clients again.
Once I was convinced for a vacation, I started to share with my existing clients that I will not be available for the complete month of October. Some clients moved to the other developers (To those I recommended and some moved on) but majority of clients were fine waiting for almost a month for me to return and get the job done by me only.
Lesson learned – Never assume anything. I was completely wrong in assuming that if I am almost gone for a month; I will loose all my clients and need to restart all over again.
Getting Back to Working Ways is Always Tough
Getting back to working ways is tough but get yourself rewarded for getting started to work and I have been doing mostly client work for a week now because it bring in immediate financial reward and that can help you get back into working ways faster. Still I have lot more work than what I am actually doing each day but slowly and surely getting into the working mode. This small article is something that will help me get into the blogging ways again as well.
Share how you get out of the vacation hangover in comments below?
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