Surrender to Time Off

It’s no simple task, but there is growth in recovery.

The Case Study:

Small business owners desperately need time off and every year, around the holidays, entrepreneurs learn that it’s tough to take even a week or two off; even a few days can be tough. The self-employed person pays for their ‘fun’ twice: the cost of paying for those holiday gifts, and the revenue lost from not working.  It is tempting to just keep grinding away, but actually that can be counter-productive.  By finding some time to reflect and recover some of the best ideas and marketing approaches can be hatched.

Here are a few suggestions on how to make your time count:

Plan Ahead:

Let your clients know if they need anything to let you know in advance.  You don’t want to have any unnecessary stress right before your much needed break, and you must avoid the half work/ half break trap that so many can fall victim to.

Watch Your Business Cycle:

Understand what your business demands will be and leave space for last minute demands.

Use Automation:

Set an auto responder for your emails to let the customer know what to expect.

If You Must:

I recommended make a commitment to a limited schedule of “work breaks.”  For example, try to schedule one hour a day and stick to that time frame. Choose three to five high level tasks you need to accomplish in that time frame. Stick to your starting and ending time!

The Outcome:

The benefits of time off can be preventative in nature.  Time off can curb burnout, stress, and the mental and emotional effects that tend to follow a non-stop, work-only lifestyle.  Aside from these obvious benefits, a commitment to taking time off is a commitment to work-life balance that says to the people in my life (e.g. family and friends) they are as important or more important than work. With this in mind, I wish you a wonderful, relaxing yet productive and prosperous holiday season!

 

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