Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task. It takes years of hard work and dedication to make something out of yourself. However, have you heard the phrase: all work and no play make Jack a dull boy? An extreme of anything in our lives can affect us negatively, even if it is work. Working for prolonged duration without any breaks can cause serious health issues, which you do not want.
Still not convinced, are you? Look at our top ten reasons for taking time off from work, and decide for yourself.
Your employees learn to be leaders
Always being there on everyone’s head to monitor each single detail isn’t benefiting anyone. You need to let go; the results might surprise you in the end. Being not always there gives the employees a chance to take practical initiative, without your support. It will only get them more confident and reliable in the future to handle major clients or deals. Plus, this opportunity gives you a clear picture of your team’s overall competence, skills, innovation, and smartness. Being in the driving seat can bring new clients or investing in different business ventures to expand. Each thinks differently, but taking everyone along is an ability, which develops under no supervisory role.
Your employees learn to trust you
Imagine boarding the plane, right now without a care in the world? Can’t right because work is always on the back of your mind. It is perfectly normal to be concerned about your company, after all, the personal and financial investment an entrepreneur puts in. This proves to be your trust test in your staff members. In your temporary absence, they know you entrusted them with great responsibility. It shows great belief and strengthens trust. With a more trust able relationship chances of project completion, conflict resolution, and retention increases. A more friendly environment is established at work.
You’ll rest your brain and stay healthy
Remember, we entrepreneurs aren’t a robot. Taking a break once, a while is a necessity for mental stability. Our brain can’t always give its 100% without rest. The brain needs to reboot and reprocess to continue functioning. So, indulging in fun summer activities to take your mind of business, to avoid burning out. When you relax a hormone, serotonin is released in the body, that effects the mood. Think of serotonin as the happiness hormone. Physically you’re more active on vacations, due to a reduction in stress. Entrepreneurs tend experience-lowered blood pressure on vacations. The brain is active with loads of energy to invest in new ideas to tackle work problems.
You’ll set the tone for your employees and the workplace
A refreshed entrepreneur can lead a bunch of employees with ease. Remember, not each employee is the same, so there will be occasional clashes now and then. But most employees look for clear direction and are ambitious to please the boss. While the vacations set a tone for the work environment, that it is normal to have a set of days off for vacations. It is not always about work hard without the fun. Vacations improve the overall quality of work, employees being more efficient and synergized.
Have a Eureka moment!
Every entrepreneur should take a break to rest but broaden their thinking, regarding future business perspectives. It is never easy for a creative entrepreneur to come up with something big and innovative in a confined office space. Go out. Think your way through business problems. This particular time off could be great for the business or personal life. You can generate some necessary steps to cause massive improvement in sales or services.
Planning a vacation can be a tricky job, but have you noticed how vacations make you more productive? Well, there is the usual resting element and all, but the actual productivity comes from the time leading up to the vacation. When your brain knows that it will be off for a few weeks, it works to its full potential. As a result, you will ensure that all your work is done, all deadlines are met before you leave.
Helps not only you but others around you too
You might be thinking how a vacation that is planned for YOU, help others. Well, the reason is that you cannot help others unless you help yourself first. Working can constantly expose you to stressful situations or make you cranky. The result of all of this could be that you might not behave appropriately with those around you, which can affect both office and personal relationships.
However, all of this could be changed. Vacations will allow you to rest and get away from the stressors for a bit, which can drastically improve your mental health. If you are mentally in a good place, then you can help others such as your employees. Hence, it all makes you a better entrepreneur.
You can make connections
Navigation in today’s competitive world relies heavily on connections. Networking is a great way to build connections, and what better way to network than to go on a holiday? Vacation spots or even your flights are a perfect way to meet new people from all walks of life. You never when you might meet someone who can help advance your careers. So think of vacations like another opportunity to expand your work. Entrepreneurs need copious amounts of funding or contacts to make it big, so consider taking a holiday as soon as possible.
Helps you focus on the important things in life
Work is not the only element that should be dictating your life. Every successful entrepreneur has stated to take some time off for meditation. Mediation can help to clear and unclutter your mind. This means that you can now focus on those aspects of your life that are truly important i.e. you. In the race to succeed, we often forget to pay attention to ourselves. This is detrimental to your success.
Hence, we suggest that you create some time for just yourself in your busy routine. Taking time off from work does not necessarily mean that you have to take a trip to the Bahamas; it can just be an hour every day as well.
You cannot control everything
As humans being it is only natural to feel all powerful. However, the stark reality is that we do not have the power to control everything. Often at times, things will not go as planned, and that is just how the cookie crumbles. As an entrepreneur, you might find it hard to trust other people to do the job properly, but no one can do everything themselves. You need to understand that trying to control everything does more harm than good. Instead of focusing on doing so, you should learn to delegate tasks to your employees. This way the work can be divided and compartmentalized, which means that everything can be done more efficiently.
Catch up on the Zzzs
A lack of sleep can significantly hinder your working potential. As a result, even if you are trying to succeed, you are counterproductive. Therefore, we suggest that you take time off from work, and sleep as much as you want. This will help your mind and body unwind and relax. Additionally, you will feel that your thought process has improved. The brain is the main controlling organ of the body, and if that is not working properly, then everything is futile. You can catch up on sleep even by taking afternoon power naps if you do not want to take a full fledge vacation.
Well, we hope our list was able to convince you. Taking time off to gain a little perspective is crucial to succeeding. You need to focus on yourself and your health; we mean, that everything rests on you, so if you are not in a good place of mind then how will you expect things to work out? So get on your laptop today and take that trip you have been planning. If this is not possible then just get done from the office and hour early and spend some time with those, you love.