As a project manager, it can be hard to truly disconnect during a vacation from work, but with some planning you can set your team up for success. While this could change with the size of your team, current projects, and your agency’s structure, it’s important to implement a plan because everyone needs time away from work - not working vacations.
Hands-off leadership is key to creating a strong, highly-functioning team. While it's a challenge, creating a culture built off of this principle is worth it. Your agency is growing, your teams are creating some amazing work, and you have new clients every month, but you’re barely hanging on. Each day is filled with meetings and check-ins, which means you don’t have time for the business development you want.
One of the joys of freelancing can also be the hardest to master: moving from work to life. Disconnecting can be near impossible. With technology advances, it seems like we’re always connected in some way or another. But not disconnecting from work can lead to burnout, exhaustion and depression. In turn, this can wreak havoc on both your professional and personal lives. So what can we do to combat working 24/7? Let's take a look at how you can be more productive in your work, and not kill yourself trying.
A couple of weeks ago I spoke to interaction designer Richard Child. Richard has spent the last year working at one of Spain's largest startups. He's recently branched out on his own under the moniker of Grid North Design. Richard talks about the importance of referrals, time management, and understanding your clients' core problems.