So…have you booked your holidays yet?

I was going to call this post, ‘Beware the Ides of March’…you remember…the warning given to Julius Caesar before he was assassinated.  But then I thought, what if you’re not Shakespeare fans, and you just think I’ve gone loopy!

The warning is valid though, since so many people effectively ‘assassinate’ the first quarter of their year by succumbing to the ‘start of year blues’ and find themselves at the end of March, having wasted ninety whole days being down, frustrated and grumpy.  Those first three months, which are so full of potential and excitement, are often dreaded by those who hate the short, dark days, the cold and wet weather, the tax return that has to be done, and that feeling that another long hard year of book balancing stretches out ahead of them.

Even those of us who, like me are irritatingly positive, and love the promise that this time of year brings, can be daunted by what we have planned to get done, and no matter how much we love what we do – we also know how hard we’re going to have to work, to achieve the targets and goals we have challenged ourselves with.

So for the past two years, the first thing I have plotted in my calendar has been my holidays…and what a difference it’s made.  It’s been a true revelation for me…and my thanks must go to Daniel Priestley (author of Entrepreneur Revolution) who suggested it to me in the first place.

You see, once you have your holidays in your calendar…and booked…and deposit paid (so there’s no pulling out), you have a milestone to work towards.  Particularly if you book one in the first half of the year and one in the second, you know that your hard work and achievements, will be punctuated and rewarded by a period of rest and relaxation.

Booking your holidays this far in advance takes less time too.  I don’t know about you but I had previously left holiday booking to the last minute and it became a stressful, frustrating chore that ate up way too much time when I could least afford it.  I booked this year’s holidays back in November, and trust me, the knowledge that it’s done and that I have my reward to look forward to, puts a real spring in my step and spurs me on to get everything done, so that I can completely switch off and enjoy it.

We all know the value of holidays.  We all know how they re-energise both our mind and our body.  We all know that when our brain is officially ‘switched off’ and not thinking about our business we are able to see the big picture far more clearly and have many of our best ideas.  So why wouldn’t we take them?  Why wouldn’t we plan and book them now?

Do it.  Do it today, and reap the rewards of greater personal effectiveness.


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One Response to “So…have you booked your holidays yet?”

  1. Christopher Brooks

    This is so true. Normally I have left my holiday booking until later in the year often booking the next as we return from the previous. This has meant our ‘break away from it all’ vista is short. And practically we’ve often had to compromise on a detail or two because what we’ve wanted isn’t there. But this year we’ve booked it all the way through to Christmas 2014.

    So now I have a clear sight of my year broken up around the holidays I know are coming, which we’ve booked on our terms – everything we wanted has been available.

    It also means the conversations at home aren’t increasingly pressured around, ‘we need to book that next break…soon’. They are actually more productive and at a leisurely pace looking at how to get the most out of our time when we get there.

    Certainty creates stability. So as long as it doesn’t create financial stress booking in advance, its a stabilising life practice I would recommend to others.


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