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Why You Should Take a Break From It All
  • 21 March 2017
  • Eric Michaels

Why You Should Take a Break From It All

Some entrepreneurs choose to work for years without taking a vacation. But does sleeping next to the assembly line or keeping a seven-day workweek help to grow a company faster? The jury continues to deliberate on this question. One thing is clear: Everyone should aim to find a healthy work-life balance. Here are some reasons why it is important for every business owner to take a break from it all once in a while.

Get some perspective

If you have ever realized why something was not working after taking a step back, you know the value of perspective. When you are caught up in the daily drama of running a business, it is impossible to take this sort of wide-angle view. Taking some time off and forgetting about your daily troubles usually allows you to gain some insight on the issues you face. The trick is waiting until you are fully rested and doing some unrelated activity: That is when you may start to have some worthwhile revelations.

Replenish your mind and body

Your physical health becomes a real concern when you work long hours on a continual basis. You may start to eat unhealthily, develop back problems, or experience a series of digestive issues that can be associated with a lack of rest. Fighting your way through these potential side effects benefits no one. You cannot deliver your best performance when your body is ailing. Meanwhile, mental exhaustion has its own list of drawbacks. As a small business owner, you are expected to be ready to brainstorm, act, and respond when the company needs you. Keep in mind that your brain cannot function at its peak level without rest.

Your family and friends miss you

Sometimes, you need to ask yourself why you started working so hard in the first place. If the answer involves the love of your family and the respect of your friends, you should realize that these people miss you. Everyone in your personal life might understand that you are on a mission to succeed, but that does not mean they are okay with not seeing you. Take the time to reconnect with your loved ones and gather the strength you need to return to work at full power.

You deserve a reward

It is also important that you stop and reward yourself for your endless dedication. You may have the respect of your family members and employees, but once in a while, you should serve up the accolades for yourself. Not everyone has the necessary drive and ideas to start a new business, so make sure to take the time to celebrate your own accomplishments. Though you might not admit it, you have earned this celebration.

You will never find a better time

If you are a fully committed small business owner, it may seem impossible for you to plan a vacation. End-of-quarter billing might thwart one trip, while holiday obligations might push off a much-needed break at the end of the year. While there may never be a "good" time to take off for a week or two when you run the show, it is crucial for you to accept that your valued staff members can handle the business while you are gone.

The next big idea awaits

After you have rested enough to get some perspective on your current situation, you will be able to think with a clear head. In these moments, you will be able to evaluate your business and decide whether or not you are going down the right path. Maybe you will decide that you need to make a change with respect to your current business model, or maybe you will affirm you are doing the right thing but should take advantage of new opportunities. Your next big idea could be one short holiday away.

Do your business a favor and take a break once in a while. Your family, friends, and employees will thank you for it.

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