Time off

Time off

This page is the easiest way to check when I'm not working in the current calendar year.

If you're a client, I'll make appropriate arrangements in advance of my weeks offline.

If you're not a client, please don't expect a reply from me during these weeks.

View as a list or a calendar




Calendar view

January 2022
December 17, 2021 → January 4, 2022
February 2022
February 7, 2022 → February 13, 2022
April 2022
April 4, 2022 → April 10, 2022
May 2022
May 10, 2022 → May 11, 2022
June 2022
June 27, 2022 → July 3, 2022
August 2022
August 1, 2022 → August 14, 2022
September 2022
September 19, 2022 → September 25, 2022
October/November 2022
October 31, 2022 → November 6, 2022
December 2022
December 19, 2022 → January 1, 2023

Why list your time off on your website?

We're in an overwork crisis.

Productivity has become shorthand for our individual worth and purpose. Working hard, being busy, and struggling with stress have all become perverse badges of honour.

Despite knowing how harmful overwork is, I've fallen foul of it for many years.

Since going freelance, I've struggled to create a structure that gives me enough time away from work. My default approach has been to say yes to everything and presume a quiet patch will come along and allow me to take some time off.

Turns out, I'm the only one who can allow myself time off.

My goal is for my work to be just a small part of my time and identity. So, as of November 2021, I've committed to planning my time off for the entire year in advance.

Prioritising rest, balance, and idleness gives me the space to be me, rather than 'Joe Clarke: copywriter'.

I've created this structure so I can give the best of myself to all of the things that matter in my life - not just my work. I want to exist happily and healthily.

Without this plan, I'll end up overworking.

And that doesn't work for me.

If it doesn't work for you either, give something like this a go. If you need any advice about getting it set up, email me and I'll advise in any way I can.

Done here? Head back to my home page. Or don’t, I’m not your boss.