Ep 219: Prioritizing Time Off With Calibrate Your Year Creator Kelly Higdon

Jul 2, 2019 | Operations, Podcast, Time Management

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The Nitty-Gritty:

  • The day Kelly Higdon realized she couldn’t keep working at the pace she was working at
  • How she plans her year to prioritize her life—and then fits her business in the space left over
  • What she’s changed to allow for taking 3 months off from her business per year
  • How her business is different today thanks to her new working style

We recently asked What Works Network members how many vacations they take per year.

One vacation was a pretty common answer—always quickly followed up by the fact that work travel is often fun, too.

Some said 2 was their minimum—plus plenty of long weekends.

A few people admitted that they don’t regularly take vacations—and I’m sure plenty of other folks were silently nodding along with that side of the conversation.

And a few others totaled up their vacations as accounting for at least 4-8 weeks out of the year!

Sean and I normally take one vacation, one trip with light work—like the trip we’re leaving for in a couple of weeks—and plenty of weekend outings. I’ve cut back on the work travel in recent years but it looks like that’s gearing up more this fall and in 2020.

Today on the show, we’re not measuring time off from work in terms of long weekends or weeks.

No, today, we’re talking months.

Kelly Higdon is a business and lifestyle coach who prioritizes her time off so much…

…that’s she’s worked up to taking a full 3 months off from her business every year.

Unfortunately, Kelly’s inspiration wasn’t a well-timed shower idea or download from the universe—it was a trip to the hospital.

You see, Kelly wasn’t always so good about making space in her business for her life. At one point, she was working full-time as private practice therapist, growing a business on the side, and growing a baby. She was working all the time—and it caught up with her.

Kelly shares that story and her process for planning that much time off. She walks me through how she plans for life first and then makes her business fit in the space that’s left, as opposed to the other way around. She also shares how her business is different—and how it’s growing differently—than when she was working all hours of the day & night.

Now, let’s find out what works for Kelly Higdon!

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