For those of us who are our own boss and work from home, it's easy to blur the line between work-time and down-time. This is particularly the case when our work feels more like play!
About this time of year a few years back I had a realisation. I hadn't set a clear date to finish my work for the year. So I decided on a day to be my "last day in the office" (even though my office is in my home).
I really enjoyed the focus to finish everything up. I ended up working late to meet my deadline but felt much better for being able to switch off and leave my business behind for a couple of weeks.
Have you set your last day in the office yet? If not, take a look at your diary and decide when you are officially 'off work'. Block the time out. Try to give yourself a good break during which you are free not to think about your work at all - you'll come back so much fresher with new perspectives and new ideas.
(If you're still in a job and longing for the freedom to set your own schedule, take a look at our Screw Work Let's Play Programme.)
Whatever you're doing over this holiday season, I hope you have a great time.
PS. If you know someone who is sick of their current work, there's just about time to order them a copy of Screw Work Let's Play from Amazon UK to arrive for Christmas (and it's currently almost half price at £5.71!)