You might have heard people saying, “if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work” – you might even have said it yourself.
But let’s be honest, nothing is so good you want to be doing it every waking minute of the day.
I absolutely love what I do – I have fantastic clients, work I enjoy, and a business that makes me happy. But it doesn’t mean I don’t want to chill out by the pool with a good book and a beer every now and then.
And when I take time out to do that, I always come back refreshed, revitalised, and ready to go.
Being constantly focused on your business and never stepping away from it to take a break is bad for you and for your business.
You can’t give your business 100% if you are tired, anxious, and stressed out. You’ll start making mistakes, adding to your workload, increasing your stress levels, and heading into a downward spiral.
Health reasons aside, there’s another great reason to take a break – it improves your business.
When you’re too close to something, you can lose sight of the bigger picture. You start focusing on the wrong things. Minor issues can feel impossible to resolve. Something that should be simple can feel like a complex challenge. It can all get a bit overwhelming.
But when you take a step back and let your mind and body have a rest, you find your subconscious works on your business without you.
When you come back to it, you come back with fresh eyes. Things feel clearer. You refocus on your goals. You feel ready to go again.
And as a result, your business gets better.
You can deliver a better service to your clients because you aren’t feeling overwhelmed and overworked.
All great reasons to take time out every now and then.
Of course, that doesn’t mean just dropping everything with no notice and jetting off somewhere. Taking holiday does require a little forethought and planning.