In a world where we’re logged in 24/7 and taking time off can be seen as a weakness, burnout is plaguing professionals in every industry, including entrepreneurs and business owners. It’s expected that, for the first few years of your business, you’ll probably be the linchpin for your company – you’re in a growth period, you’re getting systems put into place and you’re building your team. But at some point, you have to be able to step away, even if it’s just for a few days.
You need a vacation. You really need a full week, but we’ll take a few days for this year if your promise to start planning for 2020.
Taking a vacation doesn’t have to mean you’re jet-setting across the country or bumming on a beach – it can even just be a week you dedicate to spending with your family or stay-cationing to do fun things in your own city – but it’s vitally important to your business and your mental health. Taking a vacation is a great way to reacquire the passion for your business. It gives you time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be happier in the long run.
But how do you truly check out when so much of the business leans on you? Hire trustworthy business leaders, train them and trust them. This isn’t something you can do at the drop of a hat, but it’s something you need to invest in and plan for moving forward.
If you have those people in place already and you just can’t seem to find time to get away, as soon as you’re finished reading this blog post, take out your calendar. We think it’s important that you find a full week to black out in the coming months, but even a long weekend can make a difference. Look over the next three months and find at least three consecutive days you could completely take off to help you relax and recharge. Marks the dates out in your calendar.
Once you have the dates set, start focusing on how you can be out those days and prepare your team. If you have strong people and you give them the tools and support they need, it will be just fine. Before you leave, set your out of office and make it clear to your team that you will be turning off your email notifications and that you should only be called in the case of a true and absolute emergency.
This all might seem like a lot of work for a few days of peace, but it’s worth the investment. Work/Life Balance isn’t a buzzword – it’s a business strategy. If you’re struggling with balance or you don’t have the systems or people in place to clock out, even for a few days, it’s time to contact your local Growth Coach: http://thegrowthcoach.com/find-coach/.