The Importance of Taking Time Off in Your Business: 3 Ways to Make It Happen
There was a time, when I first started ClientAttraction.com, that I planned out my schedule the way I wanted to live my life. So, I made it a point to set up my business so that I’d take a full day off per week, a week off per month and at least one month off per year- approximately 18 weeks of vacation per year. (Everybody needs down time to succeed.) And for a while, that was my life, until I got busier and busier and started multiplying my income, and then hired full-time employees who counted on me to be there and drive this train.
Can you relate?
Well, this is now the second consecutive year that I’ve recommitted to taking the full month of August off to unwind from a super-busy year, re-charge my batteries, re-connect with loved ones and friends I don’t often see and to feed my soul with some playtime, deep reading, writing like this which I love to do, and just “being.” Everyone needs downtime. First, vacation is good for your health and research has shown it lowers the risk of heart disease for both men and women. Second, people who take vacations for at least one week, say they experience an 82% increase in job performance after time off.
It’s also an amazing opportunity to do some BIG planning, learning, thinking, and dreaming of the future of my business. What I’ve learned in my own journey is that the big breakthrough ideas almost always come when you SLOW DOWN and de-clutter the mind to let inspiration come in. Exciting, to say the least.
My team has been wonderful in helping me set up systems that allow me to take this time away and I always encourage my clients and students to do the same in their own business. When you schedule time off for yourself, you feel rested and have so much more energy to devote to your business. Let’s face it; people don’t want to do business with an overworked and cranky business owner. That’s just not attractive to new clients or your current clients either.
So how can you make it happen? Here are my 3 tips to ensure you take time off every year