- Figure out who can stay home for sick kids on what days - This only applies to you if you have kids, or furry kids who are old, but is really important if you do. Think about what days of the week you do NOT want to lose your income on. Do you see 8 clients in a day and then have an open day for paperwork or stay home with the kids? Do you see 4 clients a day evenly but one of the days has a group or training you don't want to miss? Is there a day that you have a high need client that you don't want to cancel on? Or maybe you can miss on the day of your agency job, but not the day you are starting your private practice up. Think about what you need, ask for it, and compromise. (And, if your memory is like mine, write down what you agreed to do.)
- Figure out time off for vacation time: family vaca, couple (aka marriage-saving vacation time), and solo/friend vacation time - Probably family vacation time is the one out of all of them you are doing already, but it's helpful to start planning now so you have an idea of what you are looking at for clients. If you are planning a trip to Disney or Big Bend you probably have this on the calendar for 2019 already. And yes, if you are married with kids, you should be going on vacation without your kids. it will at least postpone paying for couples' therapy. And yes, I'm speaking from experience. Add in date nights while we are on the business of scheduling... And vacations alone are amazing! Find a retreat, or pick a city and explore! Re-find who you are without people with you. It's exciting!
- Figure out time off for business development - This time is intended to focus on: looking at your books; reviewing marketing that has worked and hasn't; re-evaluating to make sure you are on track and not straying from your goals and intention; remembering why you LOVE private practice; getting energized about new ideas. This can be a solo endeavor or with a group or a friend. Get creative! Tag on a spa trip at the end as a reward for spending a day with your numbers!
- Figure out time off for trainings - This is another one you might be doing already. If I had to guess, you are probably spending TOO MUCH time and money on trainings and books. So be picky. Planning will help with that. Get clear on your niche, what you want to learn and how you want to grow in 2018. Otherwise, you'll be signing up for every fantastic training that comes your way and only using 1/10 of what you learn in your day to day.
If this is scary, I get it. Taking time off when you are scrounging for clients or self-employed is scary! It is so important though. Consider trying out our upcoming retreat this February to help you get inspired!