How to celebrate Christmas when you work as a solo practitioner

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Samantha Gomez

It’s easy to feel left out of the Christmas cheer when you work by yourself. It seems like everyone else is going to work Christmas parties, going to client drinks and wandering around the shops on their lunch break while your working harder than usual getting everything completed prior to the end of the year.

Of course, that’s not quite how it is for those working in large offices and they are probably equally jealous of how easy it was for you to pop to your kid’s school to watch their Christmas concert… the grass is always greener on the other side!

But if you are feeling like you’re missing out on the fun of the silly season here are a few ideas for getting in the Christmas spirit!

  • Decorate your work space. Everyone is a bit bah humbug when the office Christmas decorations come out but that doesn’t stop us all from enjoying them. Putting up some decorations in your clinic is the same, it might feel silly while you’re doing it but it will feel great when you walk in each morning and see the tinsel.
  • Organise a Christmas lunch with friends who also work for themselves. Go somewhere nice and treat yourselves to a special afternoon.
  • Why not organise a Christmas catch-up with a couple of key clients? Pop out for lunch one-on-one or even organise a group to go out for drinks.
  • Make an effort to go to Christmas networking events. Lots of networking groups make their last meeting of a year a social celebration of some kind so make an effort to go.
  • Organise to meet your partner or friends for drinks after work. Just because your office is at home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a pre-Christmas, post-work beverage.
  • Put a Christmas message on your emails – you’re bound to get some back from clients and colleagues.
  • And in the week before Christmas why not end each day with a glass of bubbly…

Just because you work alone doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the excitement of the lead up to Christmas, it just means you need to make a little more effort!

What do you do to celebrate the ‘silly season’?

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