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How to add Missing Holidays in Outlook 2007

Here in the UK we get two Bank Holidays during May – which the majority of British citizens see as an opportunity to sit in hundred mile long Traffic Jams on the Motorway as they try in vain to visit the seaside, but the more enlightened amongst us grasp as an opportunity to go out socialising on a Sunday night as well as the preceding Saturday and Friday, safe in the knowledge that we still have a whole Monday without work to recover relax on.

Anyway, whichever country you are in, it’s handy to have these holidays displayed on your Outlook Calendar so that you don’t turn up to work when you could be hungover relaxing.

To make sure these holidays are displayed, from within Outlook 2007 go to Tools > Options > Calendar Options > Add Holidays. Select your country (or countries) and click Ok. Voila! Never miss a lie in again!

If you’re using any other version of Outlook, then you can find similar instructions on how to add your national holidays over at the excellent Outlook Tips web-site.

If you’re a Brit, then enjoy your Spring Bank Holiday this Monday! :-)

Dealing with Owner Manager Holiday Stresses

Holiday StressesLowson Ward report that one in seven owner-managers of businesses work an extra 16 hours in the run up to a holiday break from work.

As a “one man band” who is about to take a couple of days away from the office, I can entirely empathise!

Time Management

My time management and business systemisation techniques have improved ten-fold over the past couple of years, so I feel I’m running fairly efficiently (although there is always room for improvement!) – but I have worked extra hours this week to get things done before taking time off, including a late stint on Wednesday night. It may just be a perception, but I could swear that I always get an influx of new clients with new client requirement and demands around the time I’m about to take a break (not that I’m complaining about new clients!).

Taking on Staff

So it’s at these times that I realise that “one isn’t enough” and I may need to take staff on. Looking at the troubles fellow Microsoft SBSer Andy is going through though in his quest for an employee though, perhaps my existing strategy of “buddying up” with fellow IT Consultants to provide resources when necessary is a better way forwards?

One thing is for sure though – anytime I feel down about being self-employed I remind myself of all the good points it can bring such as independence, no office politics, no-commuting, fresh daily challenges and most of all – doing something I love for a living! Beats being an employee of someone else every time for me!

 

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