Three Good Reasons To Take A Vacation
Planning for my "start of the summer vacation" I had no idea how important that vacation would turn out to be. I spent one week in the beautiful Utah National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands and Zion), explored nature and took a break from everything.
For so many of us it’s easy to get caught up in the hamster wheel of running a small business. But, although it may seem impossible or even like a waste of time, it’s important to take a break and let our body and mind completely relax.
Richard Branson, Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Jim Moffatt (CEO of Deloitte Consulting) are only a few of today’s top leaders who stress the importance of vacation time. in order for them to be more productive and effective in their jobs.
Reflecting on my week away I have identified three distinct benefits from my time away that I wanted to share with you…
1. Relax The Effort
No one can always give 100% for extend periods of time. If you try it will not only be detrimental to your business but also to your health. Like any other muscle, your brain needs to take a break from working day in and day out on your business, tackling the problems that come up daily. You may not “strain” your brain as you would a muscle, but after a period of time, you may find that you’re simply not able to concentrate as well or even lose your motivation all together.
We also know that too much stress can lead to a variety of health problems. Long-term health troubles could take you away from the business you’ve built. Taking time to unwind now can help relieve stress before it’s too late — and help you approach the inevitable challenges of running a small business in a calm and collected manner.
2. Gain New Perspectives
Time away from the daily grind offers you a unique opportunity to evaluate your priorities and goals. For myself, all of the sudden having some distance from my daily life, I was able to see things from such a bigger perspective. None of the things that would usually draw my attention were there and I could look at my business and life with fresh new eyes.
You realize that there are things that you give so much attention to that are not even that important. And there are other things that are actually important that do not nearly get the time they deserve.
During your vacation it is a great time to make some notes and journal about some changes you might want to make. Don’t get caught up in trying to figure everything out. Much more take the time to observe. Then when you come back you can set a time to actually review your business plan and your life plan and make changes where necessary.
Also, take time to examine your daily routines. As I shared before, they are the foundation to your success. Are your daily routines still making sure you are accomplishing what is important to you? Or do they need to be refined or changed altogether?
3. Have Quality Time With My Family
One of the things we all wish we had more of as we are building our businesses is quality time with our family. Vacations allow to have not just time, but quality time with our family.
I was able to spend a lot of quality time with my family. I could patiently sit and watch my daughter fill out the Junior Ranger workbook, answer her questions and explain a few things here and there. We jumped in ice-cold rivers, experienced amazing landscapes and went on adventurous hikes. I know that these experiences form important memories for her and deepen our bond.
If you have not already, try to schedule a week vacation. If you have to start with long weekends, that is fine, but they are not really a replacement for a longer vacation. Here are some tips for a successful vacation time:
Experience new things. You will have new experiences that can lead to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication.
Avoid taking a “working vacation.” This counteracts the benefits of taking time off.
Act as an example of balance. When you respond to e-mails on vacation, you set a precedent. Instead, set an example of balance by really detaching from work. By doing work on vacation, you will miss out on adventures.
Put your to-do list on hold. Getting ahead on vacation is not worth it. The only way to truly get ahead on vacation is to put your work to-do list on hold and return to it with renewed energy.
Public Wi-Fi is not worth it. Wi-Fi is often slow, unreliable, and not secure.