It’s time for you to sit back and replenish your energy with a vital break. Ensure you set yourself up to succeed in 2017 by taking much needed rest and recuperation now.
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We all know by now that being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing important stuff, right? Wrong! Most business owners fall into the trap of believing that if they are not frantically busy, they are going to go under.
Granted, when you are the one wearing most of the hats in the business, the fear that things might fall apart if you’re away is justifiable. However, going away is actually better for your business than if you stay. Taking a break gives your mind and body time to recoup. Right now, you might feel guilty just thinking about taking a break, but you owe it to yourself, your personal investment in your business, your relationships and your team to unplug and get lost for a while.
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as Vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. It is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done." – Tim Kreider
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You need a holiday. Here’s why:
When you’re too close to something, be it art, or a problem, or the nitty-gritty details of a business, you lose perspective. Sometimes you need to take a step back to get a better view of the big picture. What issues are bothering you? Do your goals need re-evaluating? Stepping away from work for a while helps you separate the issues that really matter from the things that are shouting for your attention, but are not mission-critical.
2. Anti-DIY syndrome
I bet you believe you’re the only one who can do anything efficiently in your business. You might be right. But, going on holiday gives your team the opportunity to step up and shine, and they might surprise you.
- Prepare your team: Set your team up for success by giving them enough information, training and authority before you leave in order to prevent catastrophe when the training wheels come off while you’re on a sunny beach sipping cocktails.
- Set-up systems: Automate whatever you can to minimise balls being dropped and human errors.
- Limit remote access: If you have an ERP system that allows you to access your production dashboard remotely, I’d advise only checking in a few minutes a day. If you can restrict it to once or twice during your holiday, even better.
- Pay it forward: As for cash flow, pay any invoices that will be due while you are away, and schedule invoices to be sent ahead of time so that you are not bothered by suppliers, and your cashflow is flush when you get back.
With your training, systems and software in place, your team should be in a position to keep the ship afloat independently while you’re away, and only contact you if there is an emergency.
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Sharpening the axe. Refueling the tank. Whichever way you wish to phrase it, getting away from it all rekindles your depleted reserves - body, mind and energy - and makes you a better version of yourself in every way.
Many people return from a breakaway with more clarity; get stuff done faster, with fewer errors, and have more resilience to take on the new season. It’s time for your to go get lost in some personal time.