Taking a summer holiday might seem like an indulgent luxury for a business owner, but it is actually an essential part of running a business and making it a success.
When your phone runs out of battery, you recharge it, and the same principle applies to you too. The summer is the perfect time to take yourself away from work for a week or two and top up your batteries with fun, sunshine and, most importantly, rest. Not only will this make you feel better, it’ll benefit your business too, when you return refreshed and brimming with new ideas.
Have we convinced you to take a break? Then here are three ways you can make the most of your summer holiday.
Choose the right time
Of course you will want to be savvy about when you take your summer holiday – if there’s an important deadline or a big client meeting coming up, you might want to wait until after it’s over so it won’t be hanging over you while you’re trying to relax. However, you should also understand that there will never be a moment when you’ve finished everything, so try to think realistically about what is important and what can wait or be delegated. There’s never a perfect time to take a holiday – take one anyway.
A holiday isn’t really a holiday if you’re still checking your work emails or organising your calendar in the evenings. The key is to unplug completely – no work emails, no phone calls, nothing. You can only really rest and recharge if you take yourself away from work completely and give yourself time to breathe. Doing this will also teach you a valuable lesson: your business can run without you for a while, and your clients won’t disappear if you take a week off. Knowing this will help to ease the pressure even when the holiday’s over.
Get some perspective
You’re probably not going to stop thinking about your business entirely while you’re on holiday, but rather than worrying about the day-to-day minutiae, this can be a really good time to think about your business in more general terms. Consider the progress you’ve made so far this year and all the things that are yet to come. Are you happy with what you’re doing? Is your business heading in the right direction, or is there something you want to change? Taking the time to step back and look at the bigger picture can give you some valuable insights that will shape your business in the future.
Do you need someone to keep your business ticking over while you’re away on holiday? Get Ahead VA offers professional holiday cover, so you can go away knowing your business is in safe hands. To find out more about our holiday cover services, please give Get Ahead VA a call on 01483 332220 or email us at [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.