With all of the talk about Brexit are we at risk of forgetting that in 13 weeks we’ll be heading into our yearly Furlough period – that time of the year when clients try to save money by standing their Contractors down for 2 weeks over the Christmas period…
‘We’re in a change freeze and our permanent staff are away on holiday so why do we need the Contractors sitting around doing nothing’.
I do believe the time from mid-September to mid-December is the best time of year to get things done, and my theory is backed up by a study from Redbooth and Priceonomics, and autumn is the most productive time of the year.
There are a few reasons why the time that passes between September and December will allow you to be more productive.
Fresh from summer holidays
Hopefully, you found some time to relax and unwind over the summer, whether it was a few days off from work or a holiday away with the family. It would’ve most likely been a much-needed break, leaving you invigorated, refreshed and ready to take on work again with a new lease of life and energy for your career. Maybe you had some time to make new plans for the future of your contracting roles? Well, now is the time to start putting those plans in place.
Kids back at school
If you juggle work and family life, then you’ll have just come to the end of a busy, action-packed few weeks with the kids being at home for their summer holidays. Even though work doesn’t stop for you for six weeks, it’s hard not to sometimes get distracted by having your family around you. So, now that your little ones are back at school, you’re able to get your head down and focus on the job in hand, whether that’s a current contract you’re working on or looking to find your next one.
No more bank holidays
We waved goodbye to the last bank holiday of the year back in August, so there’s now no disruption to your normal Monday to Friday working week until Christmas. You might think it’s nice having a four-day week here and there – which, of course, it is – but it can often have a bigger impact than you realise, causing stress in the lead-up and then the risk of falling behind on things when trying to play catch-up. But now, you’ve got a good few months of solid working weeks.
Only one week’s half-term
Going back to our point about having kids around when they’re off school… Unlike the first part of the year when there’s February half term, Easter, May bank holidays and then summer; in this quarter, there’s only the one-half term in October. That’ll come as a nice little break if you can take some time off with them, but it won’t serve as too much of a distraction on the whole.
Less distracting weather
The nice summer days and evenings can prove very distracting when trying to knuckle down and get work done in an office, especially if your contract allows you to work from home at any time. It’s easy to find yourself taking an extended lunch break or clocking off early to get out in the sunshine or make it down to the beer garden for a post-work pint. But now the cooler weather and shorter days will make it easier to stay focused and concentrate on the work that needs doing for your current contract.
The need to ‘get things done’
As successful individuals, it’s in our nature to set goals and deadlines to be accountable and get things done. In many cases, you’ll have set a personal target to achieve by the end of the year, whether it’s a financial goal, working for a particular company or carrying out a set number of contracts, and if your current clients project is behind then this golden quarter is crucial for both you & them. Make it happen.
Wanting to earn more for the festive period
There are many reasons why we chose the path of contracting; the freedom, the control, the challenge and…dare we admit…the money? Of course, we do. We all know what an expensive time of year Christmas and New Year can be, so if that’s not motivation to earn as much as you can in the lead-up, then we don’t know what is! There are presents to buy, parties to attend, outfits to buy, big food shops to be done, road trips to be made. Work hard now and you’ll reap the financial rewards later.
The promise of rewarding yourself at Christmas
Speaking of rewards, earning plenty of money in this golden quarter isn’t the only reason why it’s so important. No one wants to be thinking about work over the festive period, so put in the work now to enjoy some much-needed time off over Christmas and feel like you’ve truly earnt it. Enjoy all the celebrations, bust your best moves at the work party, spend some quality time with the family. Spend your time wisely, knowing that your work for the year is done and you can make the most of it now, before heading into a new year, ready to smash your next goals.
Don’t forget Furlough!
Save some of your hard-earned cash for the January period when your enforced time off at the end of the previous year means you could go 2 weeks without pay.
What are you hoping to achieve in your golden quarter? How can we at Contractors Anonymous help you to get there? What would you like the next step in your contracting career to be? Get in touch and let us help you to successfully reach your goals.