Everyone needs a vacation.
Yes, I’m talking to all you entrepreneurs out there who don’t think they can afford to get away.
Over the years, I’ve spoken to hundreds (literally) of entrepreneurs and I’ve asked them all the exact same question…
“When was the last time you took a vacation?”
Every single one of them said it had been more than a year. One gentleman had been in business for over 6 years and still hadn’t taken time off.
I completely understand the drawbacks…
- If you don’t work, you don’t get paidDecisions need to be madeThere is simply too much work to doYou don’t have the money to go on vacation
So with all these things weighing heavily on your mind, why am I even suggesting that you take a break?
Here’s one reason… there was a study done a few years ago comparing tennis players. Both had the exact same training and coaches. Both played extremely well. So why was one player starting to lose and the other wasn’t? They discovered that it was because one player allowed their body to rest and the other continued to practice and push themselves. In another study conducted by Expedia, they discovered that “when returning from vacation, more than one-third of respondents feel more productive and better about their jobs, with more than half also claiming to feel rested, rejuvenated and reconnected to their personal life.”
Once a year you need to take some time off so that your brain can reboot itself. You need down time so you can come back to your company rested with a new perspective. If you don’t, you start to suffer from an entrepreneurs worst disaster – burn out. You all know what I mean… those days when you wake up and just can’t get your brain to start. Three cups of coffee later and you still can’t seem to focus. You don’t get as much work done as you should and you lose perspective. One “tired” day leads to a string of them with no end in sight.
I should know, I was feeling exactly like this a few weeks ago. Ron and I hadn’t been on vacation in two years, so we closed our office for a week and took a cruise. Since he is a travel agent, we got a great deal and had a fantastic time! Plus, we purposely ignored all our technology for a week. That meant no iPhones, no laptops, no TV news reports… nothing. Total blackout.
Guess what? The world didn’t fall apart and our company was still here when we got back.
I know it’s a 24/7 world out there. I also know our technology allows us to take our office absolutely everywhere. Everyone tells you that technology is going to make your life easier, and often it does. However, the dark side of technology is that we don’t rest like we should, and it’s hurting our business.
So when do you know it’s time to take a vacation?
- You’re always tired. Coffee stops working.You’re sick all the time.Your temper is getting shorter and shorter.It’s been over 6 months since you’ve taken time off.All you talk about is work.Although you love your job, you can’t concentrate.
Time to take a break!!!!
As it turns out, taking a vacation makes you more productive. It helps you regain perspective for your business and brings balance back to your personal life.
So take some time off so that you can come back to your business with a fresh perspective and a renewed energy!!!