Well, maybe not so much as a freelancer. Typically, summer is the time when work becomes lean due to clients going on vacation or a general decrease in purchases of products or services. Luckily, the slump only lasts for those few short months and then Labor Day hits and you can usually count on a little boost--depending on your industry.
How do you deal with those slow months though? I am not talking about preparing for the busy season, but instead, how can you leverage those months to be most beneficial for yourself, personally?
We have talked about preparation, but maybe slow months can be a time of self-care as well. With Summer 2017 coming to an end, these ideas may be useful for utilizing Summer 2018 to the best of your ability.
Take a class on something you have wanted to learn about
Taking classes do not have to be about something you can use for work. Maybe you have a million pairs of clothes you wish you could have sewn instead of throwing them out. Taking a class on sewing or any "hobby" based class can be a great way to develop a new skill during a time when your brain isn't overwhelmed with client projects.
Learning a new skill, language, etc. can be a great way to boost your self-esteem too, which is always a great piece of self-care
Go on a vacation
Knowing that summer is a lean season for most freelancers, money can be tight. Planning a little vacation fund can be a great way of preparation for summer so you can escape for a bit. Go on a small trip, treat yourself to a nice meal while you are there, and clear your mind. Most freelancers can agree that when their mind is overworked, their productivity sinks, so taking the time to re-cooperate your mind by going away is something most freelancers will say is a must-do.
Stay around with a stay-cation
Again, freelancers budgets can be weird during the summer. Not being able to swing a vacation is never wrong and stay-cations are just as calming if you do them correctly. A stay-cation could just be visiting a local museum you haven't gone to yet, going on a small camping trip nearby, hiking, or just a treat yourself day with a nice meal and whatever pampering you feel is necessary. This is cost-effective, simple, and can do wonders. Make sure to disconnect from your work though, even if you are close by to home, you still need to shut down sometimes.
Pick up an exercise routine
Most people groan at exercise, but it is a great way to keep up with your physical and mental health. Even walking for 30 minutes a day can do wonders to your mood and productivity. Creating a workout habit during the slow summer months can help you carry it over to the fall, winter, and spring. There is never a time that is too late to start exercising and the best time to start a habit is when you can give it the most attention, so why not make summer that time?
These are just a few simple ideas on utilizing slow summer months for yourself instead of your work. What do you do during slow months? Furthermore, what months are the slowest for your freelancing niche?
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