The next few weeks are going to be a bit stressful between family visits, travel, harsher weather, etc. You will be under a bit more stress than usual, and that’s not the end of the world. (At least, I hope the Mayans were wrong.) However, you could very well push your holiday season over that apocalyptic threshold by adding to your stress load.
The Christmas Catch-22
Free-lancers, back me up on this: the holidays kinda stink. You work extra hard for weeks to generate extra money for the holidays. However, you either get so fired up from all of the extra work that you find it hard to stop, or you do find a way to stop only to get slammed with a cold or the flu or whatever other bug your immune system and adrenal glands held at bad.
This is not effective, nor is it beneficial to your long-term physical, relational, or professional health.
That being said, I know you’re still probably trying to squeeze in some last minute work before the holidays kick in. That’s what I was doing last night. After a full day of work and several hours of wrangling my daughter, I was finally able to sit down and look through the various websites that I host. One of them, a real estate website for my dad, was down when I tried to update some software via WP Remote. Not fully realizing the extent of the problem, I attempted to login to the WordPress install…and my face fell—HTTP 500 Internal Error! I felt like the Internet was saying, “Come at me, bro!”
Fortunately, I didn’t freak out. I just quietly logged back into my hosting account and got to work. Eventually, after tinkering around for a few minutes and checking the error log, I found that the Jetpack plugin had failed to update properly a few days prior and was causing the entire install to crash. A few seconds later and a firm press of the DELETE key, and we were back in business.
Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t freak out. This was the second server problem I had dealt with in thirty minutes. When I first sat down to look over my sites, one of my WordPress installs got stuck in maintenance mode. Of course, I remembered that there was a quick fix for that, hit up Google, and had no problem getting it all fixed. But then I had the 500 error…
Thankfully, I did remained calmed throughout the whole ordeal, and everything worked out in the end. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, here a few things to remember:
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Take a break and get some rest. This is the busiest season of the year, and if you don’t face it with a good night’s sleep, Christmas will kick your tail. You don’t need to hibernate, but you do need to take care of yourself.
Come, All Ye Faithful
This might sound silly, but are you actually taking time to worship this Christmas? Ridiculous as it might seem one of the first things to be ditched when a person’s schedule fills up is God. Don’t let this happen to you.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Make some memories with your family. Sing songs around your tree. Read the birth story of Jesus together. Don’t waste the holidays, and don’t make your family come in second to your work.
You have work to do, and that’s fine. Just try to keep a level head if things go wrong. An HTTP 500 Internal Error is uber-frustrating, but getting coal in your stocking because you’ve been a grinch is way worse.
Are you doing anything to make extra cash before Christmas?
Has any one project nearly driven you insane?
[Image via Jason Corneveaux]