3 Reasons to Schedule a Vacation
Starting a new business requires long hours, perseverance, and the willingness to perform multiple jobs. Most entrepreneurs expect it will eventually lead to greater freedom, but it can also become a trap – demanding an increasing amount of time and energy.
What’s the secret to staying productive without losing yourself? I spoke with serial entrepreneur Damon Burton, consultant and President of SEO National and UtahSites, who says it’s essential for business owners to make vacation a priority. Here’s why:
The brain needs downtime
To successfully run a business, there must be a flawless execution of business plans, refined communication, and innovative new growth strategies. Trying to tackle all these things without a break will lead to burnout. To effectively work on all cylinders, entrepreneurs need to take time off to step away from their work and refresh their mind.
Employees benefit from autonomy
Every team needs a leader, but they also need room to grow and make their own decisions. When the boss takes a break from work, it gives employees the opportunity to step up and prove their value. New managers may be surprised at just how much their employees can accomplish in their absence.
Set the tone
An entrepreneur should set good examples by working hard but also by taking breaks when stress piles up. Through their actions, leaders can convey that productivity is measured by length of time and the quality of work that is produced when you are well-conditioned and rested. Don’t send a message of all work that your employees can’t live up to.
After taking time off, you will likely go back to work with a fresh outlook, ready to work more creatively and productively.