In business, we’re taught to hustle harder, work longer hours, keep going, keep pushing, and to never take time off. This is especially true among entrepreneurs who never take a moment for themselves, neglect family and friends, and forego taking holidays for the first few years after starting their business. It’s not uncommon for business owners to feel guilty for taking breaks from work, thinking that a holiday would be time better spent on overseeing their operations and strategising.
If you happen to be one of these people, you should know that you’re not doing your business (or yourself) any favours. Of course, when you’re at work, you need to devote your full attention to running your business. However, conversely, you also need to take some time away from your business to restart and come up with new ways of improving your company.
It may seem counterintuitive to disconnect from your business in order to improve it, but taking breaks is absolutely necessary if you are to reap the following benefits:
1. A refreshed approach to business.
Taking some time off lets you relax. Disconnect, don’t check emails or answer the phone (except for real emergencies). Freeing your mind from the daily stress of running your business gives you a chance to rest and recharge. Then you can go back to work later feeling refreshed, and ready to tackle new challenges, and try new things.
2. Improve your perspective.
Temporarily distancing yourself from work can help you think laterally, or see your business in a different light. When you go on a holiday, you also get a chance to meet new people with varying perspectives and experience new things. These may be the things you need to help you achieve your business goals using new or improved strategies.
3. Holidays are opportunities to reconnect with family and friends.
There’s a reason why people desire a work-life balance. Strong relationships outside of work are critical to your personal wellbeing and your business or professional success. You can always focus on work when you’re at work. But when you’re with family and friends, your full attention should be on them as well.
Remember, there’s no reason to work round-the-clock, seven days a week, and 365 days in a year in order for your business to succeed. Learn to work smart, and always make time for self-care. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown holiday every single time. Take your weekends and holidays, and spend them with the people who matter.
You’ll find that, after each break, you always come back feeling better, energised, and ready to accomplish more for your company.
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