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Step Away from the Business

May 17, 2017

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It’s vacation time again. Regrettably, it’s a sad truth that many entrepreneurs and business owners are reluctant to take time off. Their hesitancy exists for a variety of reasons including not feeling comfortable releasing the reins to someone else, an inability to unwind, or simply failure to plan for a vacation. But you know that taking the time to step away from your business can have many benefits.

According to a survey conducted in 2015 by Office Depot Small Business Index, 66% of small business owners struggle with taking vacations and when they do, the majority stay connected to their business in some way. Today’s technology – smartphones, tablets and laptops – contribute to continued connectivity. The upside? It can keep you connected with your business. The downside? It can keep you connected to your business. In some ways, it’s good for the small business owner to take advantage of that connectivity as long as they control the dosage.

Still, it’s crucial that the small business owners take vacation and disconnect from the demands of growing and maintaining a viable business. Here are a few of the benefits of taking a vacation:

  • You reduce stress which equals lower blood pressure, improved heart rate, a boost to the immune system.
  • You Improve family relationships – connect with your spouse and kids while you create lasting memories.
  • You experience improved creativity.
  • You add new experiences and break the routine.
  • You meet new people.
  • You gain a new perspective on life and your business.
  • You set an example for your employees so that they will take vacation.

These are compelling reasons to take time away from your business in the form of vacation. Making vacation a part of your yearly planning may be one way to ensure that you will take much needed time away from the day to day of running your business.

If you are still finding it difficult to take time off, here are a few suggestions to make it easier to create a better work/life balance:

  • Make your vacation plans early and complete all the steps to getting you to your destination.
  • Prepare your staff and your customers for your absence.
  • Add your vacation days to an out-of-town conference or business meeting; take the family with you and once the conference or meeting is over, devote time to them.
  • Plan at least a week of exploring the vacation area.
  • Schedule retreat/spa activities to help you unwind.
  • Check in with your designated staff at a designated time and then disconnect from technology.

Your work and your personal life must be balanced. It has been proven that taking regular vacations gives you a healthier, more positive outlook on life. In short, it’s good for you; it’s good for your business.

How do you step away from the business? Do you plan a vacation or do you spontaneously take time away from the business? Which works better for you? Share your insights and experiences.

Give Yourself a Break

February 25, 2014
Visit a museum.

Visit a museum.

In my January newsletter I wrote about the importance of taking a break from your business, from being an entrepreneur.  I urged my readers to make that “down time” a part of their planning for the year.

Well, I decided to act on my own advice. Seeing where there is a break in my calendar during the year, I have scheduled a few days of time to just…well, just exhale!

I love what I do. Most entrepreneurs love what they do. While your work is often a labor of love, the work can be consuming and draining as you as you give 100% and more to your customers and to growing your business. This can feel like it’s happening 24/7. Sometimes you don’t even realize just how immersed in your business you actually are. That is, until you take a break.

If you’re wondering what to do with your time on that break, let’s explore together some things you can do when you decide a short break is just what your routine needs:

  1. Visit a spa. Get the works. This goes for guys, as well. Few things can relax you like a facial or a massage. When your body is relaxed, so is your mind and you make room for more creative thought.
  2. Visit a museum. Don’t take the guided tour. Simply wander through the exhibits, stopping where you want. Do some people watching while you’re there. Little peeks into the lives of others is always interesting.
  3. Read a book unrelated to what you do. Curl up in a comfortable chair with your favorite drink and simply read until you nod off, then wake up and read some more. Indulge yourself. Finish that book in one or two sittings.
  4. Immerse yourself in a series. There are plenty of good ones on Netflix and on TV. Choose one that is already completed so that you can finish the series during your break.
  5. Spend the day at your child’s school or day care. Really get a sense of what their day is like. They will remember your day spent together in the years to come.
  6. Take a trip to the mountains, the beach or the city. Change your environment completely for at least a couple of days. Don’t plan anything. Let the days plan themselves or, why not let the kids plan the days.

This is by no means a complete list. This is just to get you thinking. There are so many more things you can do when you give your self permission to have some time off. Be lazy or be busy, it’s up to you, but definitely do something different. Let your brain make different pathway connections. That is the secret to staying charged for your business. It’s in my planner for 2014. In fact, I’ve scheduled more than one. That’s how valuable I think recharging is. You should do the same. It’t not too late for you to add this to your business plan for the year. Give yourself a break.

Be Exceptional!

Audrey