The change of seasons and holiday period is a good time to do things differently. So if you are an independent consultant and you’re looking to make the most out of this time of year, here are my top 5 recommendations for being productive over the holiday whilst still enjoying some time out.

#1 Read a book. 

What would happen if every time you went to mindlessly scroll through Instagram you picked up a book instead? My guess is you would activate a different part of your brain, learn something new and allow time and space to spark your creativity. It doesn’t have to be a self-help or business book, it could be a mindless novel that takes you into a magical land, either way, I challenge you to get yourself down to a bookshop, wander aimlessly for a 20 minutes or so and find something that interests you.

#2 Download a course/workbook. 

Holidays are a good time to break the routine of always working ‘in the business’ and take some time to work ‘on it’. When things start to slow down and people find themselves in a more joyful relaxed mood, it’s a great time to get some perspective on what you’re trying to achieve in your business and clarity about where you want to go next. 

Here are my top (3) websites to check out.

http://brainstation.io

BrainStation is a global leader in digital skills training. Working with instructors from the most innovative companies, we’ve trained over 50,000 professionals and some of the largest corporations in the world.

https://www.lynda.com/

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

http://www.udemy.com

Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 24 million students learn from an extensive library of 80,000 courses taught by expert instructors in over 50 different languages.

#3 Tap into your intuition. 

Remember when you started to find your career path and wonder of what it would be like to run your own consulting business? You followed your heart and knew deep down that you had to give it a try. Then somewhere along the line, you got caught up in the ‘doing’ and the dreaded ‘hustle’ that keeps you trapped in the grind. This season, see if you can tap back into the fun and excitement of running a business. See if you can reignite the joy that you felt the first time you realised you were an entrepreneur. 

#4 Rest and restore.

No matter how many yoga classes, health shots, or pressed juice diets you do/take, nothing will replace a solid 8 hours of sleep. Sleeping is when our bodies rest and restore. Use those holidays to stay in bed that little bit longer or force yourself to retire to the couch/bed before midnight. Your body, mind, and health and thank you for it. 

#5 Seek a mentor. 

Where in your life could you use an extra set of eyes, ears or brains? Often we go through our lives playing out the same old routines from the day before. We accept the conditions of how things are done and the way they get done. It’s not until we take some time out of our every day to reflect on what could be done differently. Ask yourself the question, where could I use some help and how could I 10 x my consulting business? A mentor, coach, colleague or peer is a good way to get an instant perspective on life and business.