“Do you want to go Black Friday shopping with us?”“I have to work.”“You are always working. When do you get a day off?”Well-intended and caring family members and friends may not truly understand the life of a freelancer. The canary in the mine typically presents itself during the Nov-Jan stretch of holidays when people are making plans and mapping out things for the entire family or a group of friends to do.This is not necessarily an easy time of the year for many freelancers. We don’t get PTO (paid time off) and depending on our industry, this may be our busiest season of the year. So, some of us find ourselves in quite the conundrum when it comes to working during the holiday season and making time for our loved ones.My first few years of freelancing, I felt torn and even obligated to explain in great detail why I couldn’t join everyone else. Now, my circle of friends and family understand if I have to gracefully bow out of events.So, what did I do and what can you do?Explain What You DoBelieve it or not, not everyone is familiar with how freelancing works or why some of us opt to do it. The holiday season is a great time to talk to your family members about what you do. If you are able to show them your work that’s even better as it brings home the tangible aspects of your profession.When some extended family members found out that I stopped teaching full time, they’d typically respond with, “I am sorry to hear that” or “You’re just going through a phase.”Demystifying what I did for a living was the antidote to awkward pregnant pauses at the dinner table. Once I started sharing my blogs and even clients’ books with them, they had greater clarity about my career shift.Now, some of my younger family members are intrigued by the entrepreneurial aspects of freelancing and will ask about current projects or for advice.Prioritize Your TimeWhen I taught a freshman seminar course at a small liberal arts college, I would often begin by sharing with my students that time was one of their greatest resources and the management of one’s time would become a life-long skillset. This is particularly true as it relates to freelancing over the holidays.To the extent that you can, prioritize which projects you accept or ask for some flexibility in terms of turnaround times or deadlines. For example, I avoid having due dates that are within a three day window of a holiday. This gives me some wiggle room if the project takes longer than anticipated and it also frees me up to have a couple of days to relax. Is this always possible? No, but it does help tremendously with avoiding burnout and guilt.Have Clear BoundariesFamily and friends are an important part of having a healthy and balanced life so you don’t want to negate the importance of setting aside time to spend with them. Some family members may misconstrue your absence or lack of sociability due to work obligations as being rude or anti-social. By being clear about what you can/cannot do, you create healthy boundaries and expectations. This is particularly important if young children are involved.For example, my nephew is my ‘go to date’ for most G and kid-friendly PG movies. If it were up to him, we would spend his entire week(s) long vacations hanging at the movies. My compromise is that he can pick two movies and I pick the two days that we go. I intentionally select days when my work load is lighter so that I can truly enjoy my time with him. It is a win-win.My greatest advice is to be true to yourself by making sure that you are not adding additional pressure or creating unrealistic expectations for yourself or others. Remember, the holidays don’t have to be stressful and you can maintain your sanity.
Cheap flights carrier Jet2 has announced the launch of the first low-cost flight between Manchester and Tel Aviv.The weekly flight – the only service to Israel’s second city from the north – will commence from May 21st, with the frequency expected to increase to twice per week in October. Commenting on the new flight, Jet2 chief Philip Meeson said that Tel Aviv is an “extremely popular destination” and that he was confident that demand would be high for the flight.”As the only direct route from the north, we are in an unrivalled position to offer both the lowest ever fares and fastest service into Israel,” he said.”This route launch is extremely significant for Jet2.com and emphasises our drive to continue to innovate and expand our reach into a variety of countries and markets.”As well as offering a link to the north’s Jewish community, the flight will also be attractive to those seeking a weekend break in Tel Aviv, with the city offering exciting nightlife, a charming beach and an historic old quarter.Jet2 commenced flights from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003 and announced the launch of its second base at Manchester in September 2004. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedExtra flights to Tel Aviv to be launched by Jet2.comExtra flights to Tel Aviv to be launched by Jet2.comMore flights to Tel Aviv will be launched by Jet2.comMore flights to Tel Aviv will be launched by Jet2.comNew flights to Monastir announced by Jet2.comCheap flights carrier Jet2.com will launch new flights to Monastir from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.