Being a content creator has amazing perks, but it also can mean working 24/7 (I’ve been there). There’s always content to create, emails to reply to, stories to post, invoices to send and more. Which makes it tough to take time off, especially during the holidays. However, it’s important to remember that taking time off is essential for your mental health and well-being. So, here are 7 tips for taking time off as a content creator.
If you know you want to take time off (who doesn’t), start planning early. Determine how much time you want to take off and start scheduling your content accordingly. This will help ensure that you have enough content to keep your audience engaged while you’re away.
Also make sure, all the brand deals have been posted or are scheduled. Klaia helps you keep track of your brand deals, to-do’s and finances and your first month is completely free!
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Automate Your Content
One way to save time and keep your audience engaged while you’re away is to automate your social media posts. This can be done through tools like Later or Hootsuite, which allow you to schedule posts in advance. Just link your social media accounts, add the content, create the captions and click “automate”. This will give you the peace of mind to enjoy time with friends & family without having to manually post.
Take a break from social media
It can be tempting to check in on your social media accounts while you’re taking time off, but it’s important to give yourself a break (an actual break). Even if it’s scary.
If you think your engagement will dramatically drop or that brands won’t want to work with you because you were inactive, you’re wrong. Nothing bad will happen if you take a break. Your audience will stay be there when you come back. What will happen is that you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to work again. Remember that taking breaks will prevent you from getting burnt out down the road.
If you’re not ready to take a break, at least set limits on how much time you spend on it.
Don’t reply to emails that aren’t urgent
Even though almost everyone will want to take a break from work during the holidays, there’s a chance you’ll likely still receive emails from brands wanting to work with you. And they can wait… Things slow down during the holiday season, so don’t bother responding to emails that aren’t urgent.
Set up an Out Of Office email response
Not only it informs people why you might not reply to their email soon, but it makes you look professional. In my experience working with content creators, almost no one sends OOO email responses. It is so easy to set up an OOO message – just do it.
Let your audience know
It’s always a good idea to let your audience know when you’ll be taking time off. This can help prevent any confusion or frustration on their end, and it gives them a chance to look forward to your return.
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Focus on you
Use your time off to do things that you enjoy and that help you to relax and recharge. This could be anything from going on a hike to taking a yoga class to simply spending time with family. Taking care of yourself will not only help you to relax and recharge, but it will also help you to come back to creating content feeling energized and inspired.
Remember, taking time off as a content creator is essential for your mental health and well-being. By planning ahead and utilizing the tips above, you can take a much-needed break without sacrificing your content creation or your audience.