When you have your own business, it may feel like the worst thing to walk away from it. The thing is, when you started your business, you probably foresaw success which would lead to tropical vacations. I mean, don’t we all dream of leisure time as a reward for our hard work which lead to success?
When you work tirelessly for your business, you may be missing the whole point of the venture in the first place. Taking time away from your business is good for you, which makes it good for your business.
If you’re not thinking clearly because you’re letting other parts of your life go, your business will eventually suffer. If your company is your baby, it can often be a direct reflection of who you are. With that said, you have to be happy. To feel total fulfillment in your life, you have to nurture the other parts of it and maintain balance.
Here are seven reasons why getting away from your business can be beneficial for it.
1. Spending Time with Those You Love
Taking time away from your business to spend time with those you love is going to keep you feeling fulfilled. Your friends and family are a reflection of you and spending undisturbed time with them will bring you back to your roots.
2. Stepping Away Gives You More Clarity
You may have been struggling with solving a problem regarding your business for quite some time. Walking away from it can often give you the answer you were looking for. Maybe it’s a mind refresh or perhaps it’s Murphy’s Law at play here. The minute you stop looking, the answer finds you. That solution may be extremely beneficial to the success of your business. Solving problems from your sun chair. Good job!
3. Reset Your Habits
You might be running yourself into burnout because you work too hard and you don’t eat right. Maybe you rarely have the opportunity to exercise. The food you eat and the exercises you do will help promote a stress-free life. If you’re not doing those things plus you’re overworking, you could be at risk of some serious health problems. Taking some time away from work will give you the time to plan out how you can be healthier. Creating a work out plan while you have a moment to think, as well as your diet plan, will help you be better for your business. You’ll be able to think more clearly and make better decisions because you’re less stressed out.
4. Happy Boss, Happy Business
Working without a break is actually considered a bad habit. You can put your business in jeopardy, not to mention your own health and happiness. The workaholic trap can be an easy one to fall into. Even if finances are tight because your business is new, you have to refuel. It’s a principle of success actually.
Here’s the thing, you can sit at your computer for 80 hours a week and get nothing done. You can take a break, enjoy your life, spend less time at work, but get more done. It might seem like it’s a good thing to overwork yourself because there’s gratification to it. You might even get an “atta boy” for it. Breaks are super important.
If you continue to spend too much time on tasks, your body automatically resorts to stress and fatigue. When this happens, you get nothing done. The brain is unable to stay focused because you’ve now agitated the parasympathetic nervous system (your fight-or-flight response). If you haven’t booked time off yet, at this point, you’ll want to.
Research shows that taking vacations, especially foreign vacations, have positive brain impacts.
5. You’ll Have Time to Think About Where You Want Your Business to Go
When you’re in the midst of daily tasks regarding your business, you may lose your innovation on where you want it to go next. Stagnation is the devil when it comes to success. A vacation, with all its enjoyable aspects, can help you hone that innovative part of yourself.
Whether you’re indulging in new cuisine, or being immersed in different languages or culture, seeing life in a different way can be advantageous for your business. The ideas that are conjured up could be something you see in a different country. Alternatively, it could be something that was inspired because you were relaxed enough to think outside of the box.
6. You Come Back with a New Kind of Energy
When you get out into the world, you really recharge your batteries. You get back your mind power, your focus, and your health. When you do that, your business stands to do much better in the long run.
You’ll have brand new ideas and you may have figured out how to organize things in a way that doesn’t see you in the office for long hours. The benefits you experience will far outweigh any hiccups from your absence.
7. You Learn That Your Business Can Run Without You for Awhile
Taking some time away from your business may be a really hard thing to do. This is especially true if you tend to micromanage it. It’s okay if you do. Lots of business owners treat their business as though it was their own child. That’s what makes it successful, but it can also be the downfall.
It takes walking away and letting your employees manage while you’re gone for you to realize your presence is not necessary all the time. Of course, you bring something really important to the table. It’s just that the pressure you put on yourself to constantly be a part of everything may actually be holding business back. Your employees probably have great ideas. When you go away, you’ll have proof of their proficiency.
A study found that 82% of small business owners saw an increase of their performance after their vacation. That’s a major increase in productivity and performance. With all that new energy you’ve conjured up through your experience, you can use it to fuel your business to new levels of success. When you come back with this energy, you will also change the energy within your colleagues.