The Stress of my first big holiday
This months blog is brought to you from far sunnier climes than my usual Northumberland retreat, I am currently on a 2week family holiday on the amazing Croatian Island of Kortula.
As we had not had a big family holiday since starting the business I reluctantly agreed to this last November. I really want (need) my 31.03.2018 accounts to see me going from being self employed to actually owning a business.
So as part of this I put together a fairly aspirational business plan, which in turn meshes in with personal goals, holidays, both cars need changing, reducing mortgage pension and investments etc.
I was ok the whole holiday thing as I felt I deserved the break as well as I have grafted quite hard these last 3 years and you need to see the rewards at some point. More importantly my wife and daughter support me throughout the highs and lows and they love a holiday, pampering and having a good time.
The planning was going well until I hit mid June then realisim and panic started to set in. June was the end of Q1 of my new business plan and really wanted to nail it. I was a little behind but had a few jobs that were easy enough to finish so if I knuckled down it was doable. But I then had to factor in the 2 weeks I was away as this was new territory to me.
I have a lot on at present which is good, but I am sometimes not the best at planning and jump around too much to please those who shout, but who are often not urgent.
I had to take a step and look at what achievable so grouped urgent work, work needed to hit q1 targets, next came new work that would be good to get off my desk then things could wait until I returned.
I managed to make good progress to end of June but my list of tasks was constantly growing, I had got some new enquiries for good potential clients which I didn't want to miss out on because of this damn holiday, I was starting to regret booking it, but dare not mention this to my family. 2 weeks to go and full stress and panic started to bite. I just had to knuckle down and do what I could. My 2 Xero girls (Glennzys Angels as they are now known, TV series coming soon) really stepped up and took a lot the time consuming easier work off me. It showed I can rely on them when my backs are to the wall, which means a lot. What I also under estimated is how good my relationships are with clients a few last minute requests where met with I am sorry but it will have to wait until I was back. Something I would not have dared say in year 1.
Again clients were ok with this. I worked a few 12 hour days in the run up worked until midnight the night before packed my bag at 11.00am then went to airport at 12.30 and joined the family on holiday mode as I sat on the aeroplane ready to go. I took my iPad with me for emails. A week in I have had 2 emails that needed dealing with and wonder what all the panic is. So in summary a 2 week break was doable but you cram the 2 weeks into the 3/4 before you go.
Just tell my wife and child that. Laters folks a swim and a glass of wine is calling