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The Value of Getting Away
Let’s face it, Mother Nature is showing us who’s BOSS this winter. From the North to the South and everywhere in between, we’re experiencing a cold weather season that just won’t quit. As I look out my office window and see snow flakes falling once again, I’ve decided that it’s time to get away. When you’re working for yourself, a vacation seems more like a luxury than a “must-do” but today, I challenge you to see things differently. Yes, booking a getaway may cost, but just think of the value and much needed boost of energy you’re pouring back into your spirit, and as a result, your business. Being away from your desk and the never-ending demands of entrepreneurship for just a few days can help you gain fresh perspectives and insights that will inspire you long after the getaway is over! And if you’re creative, this time out doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of budget-friendly options to explore if you’re open to it.
So, be honest with yourself. How likely are you to take a week or two off this year? Not days off where you’re constantly – if remotely – in touch with your business, but days of genuine, worry-free relaxation. Is it possible a little R&R might make you a better person all around? My answer is a resounding YES! Instead of spending your vaca fretting about your clients or missed business opportunities, use this time to renew your brand’s vision or see the world from a new perspective. Vacations can be a source of inspiration for start-up ideas, branding strategies, or even a company name. My final decision to leave my 9-5 and start my own consultancy happened while I was on vacation. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with getting away that totally influences your thoughts.
If you’re preparing for a mid-winter vaca and want to ensure your business runs smoothly while you’re away, incorporate these 3 tips for a worry free vacation:
Let go of Control: A difficult aspect of business ownership is the ability to concede control. Taking a vacation is the perfect opportunity to test the abilities of your team to handle the ship in your absence.
To Call or Not to Call: Should you call your team while you’re on vacation? Unless it’s an emergency, I’d definitely say NO but If you really can’t get your business out of your mind while on the beach, a 10-minute debriefing with your team can help ease your concerns.
Have an Emergency Plan: The best way to have peace of mind while on vaca is to have a contingency plan ready in case of emergency. Provide your team with the “when” and “why” to contact you in case of a dire situation. For all of my fellow “solopreneurs” out there, make arrangements with a trusted colleague to deal with any of your client emergencies.
Vacations are a MUCH deserved time away from the office for everyone, even entrepreneurs. If you’re worried your business can crumble during a week off, it’s time to re-examine your business. Take the vacation you need for the sake of your clients, your team, and future growth of your brand. Your spirit will thank you for it!
P.S.: As a firm believer of practicing what we preach, I am counting down the days to my next vacation as I type. Next stop…Jamaica!