As an employee of any corporation, you will work 40+ hours per week. As an entrepreneur of your own company, you will work way more. Regardless of what you do, unless you win the lottery or come into a large sum of money, you will spend the majority of your adult life working. At least 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, if you’re lucky. stepping out on your own and becoming an entrepreneur is fun, exciting, breathtaking, challenging and a bag of chips, but just like any other job you’ve had, you will need a break. Whether you travel, or just stay at home, there comes a time where every working person, will need to take a time out. The hard part, at least for me, is to make sure that when I take a vacation, it’s an actual vacation. It’s not a “working vacation” where I just don’t “go into the office” but I’m still checking the email, making edits to my book, or trying to upgrade my website. I need to work on just relaxing.
I admit, it’s hard for me to let go of things and just take time off, but it’s needed for a couple of reasons. One of the most important reasons is that I just need a break. Both mentally and physically. Working is hard work. Even though I often claim I don’t stress, I do have concerns and worries that I look at multiple times any given day. Sometimes I stay up late writing, or when I wake up and glance at my phone, instead of going on Facebook or Instagram, I look at the notifications of my emails and I start working then. While the emails and everything can wait, I’m just not that person. I have to start to deal with a situation as soon as I become aware of it. It can become very tiring, but I have a hard time working any other way. A vacation is a break in that practice for me. It becomes a time where I can sleep in, or stay up and not (completely) worry about what’s happening at my job.
I feel that a vacation is an excellent time to get caught up with all those other things that you had to put off because of work. Yes, some things may still be work, but it’s work that wasn’t done because you were “working” (confused yet?) Example: I am no gardener, but at the same time, I don’t like my yard to look a mess. There are weeds that need to be taken care of and I need new mulch in certain areas of my yard. Now that I have time, I can take care of it without compromising my other responsibilities. Yes, I was using my work as an excuse. Yes, I could have taken care of my yard at any time. The fact is that now I have eliminated that excuse for the time being and I am able to do something about my yard – plus it was just 1 example.
Taking a vacation has another important and promising side effect. When you take a step back from your day-to-day operation, you can evaluate where you are in your career. You can see what all of your efforts have brought you and where you need to go next. I would suggest that taking a vacation allows you to plan out your next moves in order to make you more successful when you do return. Perhaps you have had a really good fiscal year and your company is growing. While on vacation, you are able to focus on the next steps needed in order to maintain or even increase that production without the distractions or interruptions that happen when you are normally at work. You are able to garner fresh ideas and start to flesh them out so that you can present them to co-workers and employees upon your reentrance into work. You regain that zeal that you once had before the stress and distractions came your way during the course of the year.
Finally, taking a vacation allows you to actually miss work. I know it sounds crazy, but some people actually do miss what they do. I love what I do. I love to write. I love to plan out and organize the ways that projects get completed. I love helping others get their business up and running and off the ground. So when I’m away, while initially, I enjoy my time off, I look forward to meeting my next challenge. I can’t wait to see what opportunity is going to come my way and how I can help others in achieving their goals. When you have that passion and that love for your work, it isn’t as difficult to wake up and make the cold calls. When you love what you do, it isn’t that hard to set meetings and run through agendas. When you have that passion towards meeting your goals, working with others to meet theirs is a joy to you. 99% of the population will work for the rest of their lives, in one way or another. Take time to relax, rejuvenate, and remember the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing, on vacation.