“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
…….. – Roald Dahl
THE LOST ART OF RESTING FROM YOUR LABOURS
Small business owners wear dozens of hats. Sometimes it feels like we need to be good at just about everything in order to survive. Often, however, there is one thing that we are NOT very good at, and THAT is taking time off!
I know, I know…you’re thinking that you can’t afford to take time off over the summer. Your livelihood is at stake; there is no one who can replace you; we all have a pocketful of reasons and excuses.
Actually, you can’t afford NOT to take time off! Working all of the time can potentially harm yourself, your family AND your business. Practically every time management expert and business guru recommends at least one full day off per week.
What happens to us when we take even one day of absolute “freedom” away from our business? In his plan for “freedom days” within the Neworld Coaching “Days” system, entrepreneur and business coach Michael Fletcher assures us that “taking a break away from business helps us to re-engage. It’s good for our health and well-being and especially for our family relationships.”
Michael adds that time taken away from business “helps us to gain perspective. Things that were driving you crazy seem trivial and you’ll often return with new, fresh and exciting ideas to grow your business.”
What if we DO take the break that we deserve? Even when we do set aside some time away, many of us are likely to haul along our smartphone and laptop at the same time! If we are able to pry ourselves away from that connection and enter “digital detox,” we still find ourselves thinking about our business. It is unrealistic, really, to expect us to ignore our life’s work entirely!
It’s okay to think about your business and even to check email once per day, but it is NOT okay to bring your smartphone along to the beach to check in with your clients.
Be sure to have the processes in place to take care of your business while you are away. Make sure that correspondence is taken care of and bills and staff are paid on time. Let key customers and suppliers know that you’ll be away. Agree to a scheduled call in while you’re away, if you must.
Remember the reasons WHY you are taking time away and make THOSE your priority. Then, have a safe, happy and FUN summer!
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