Being an entrepreneur is definitely a very taxing job. With all the deadlines, hiring new people, meeting up with customers and clients, getting a break is tough not to mention extremely rare. So when you do catch a break, you likely want to make the most of it.
Here are six golden tips to have the best holidays so when you come back you are recharged, refreshed and ready to hustle once more:
Plan in advance
If you are the captain of your business, so to say, your company probably needs you to steer the ship. So plan at least a month prior, talk to your employees, delegate tasks and draw up a schedule of who-does-what. Explain the tasks properly and check on your employees to ensure that they are not intending to go away during that time. On the home front, make sure you have all the arrangements sorted out before heading for the trip.
Talk to your clients
Understand your peak and off times of business. Try to schedule your leave during your off-peak times. Talk to your clients, let them know that you will be unavailable well in advance. They probably won’t mind but nothing spells unprofessional more than coming to business and finding unavailable. Make sure your clients know when you’ll be back.
Actually, recharge yourself. Your vacation should not be about sitting on a couch and snoring. Find a place preferably outdoors and soak in the sun or the cold. Find leisurely activities that energize you. Read books, take a moment to relax and take in the environment. Try not to brood on work issues, you’ll have plenty of time to do that later.
Turn off notifications
Turn off your emails and try not to bring your internet connection along. Try not to take work-related phone calls and even if you have to take them, try to keep them short. Do not take the stress along. resisting the urge to check your emails can be hard but do try to limit yourself. Work is important but so is working on yourself. Your business will benefit from a recharged boss.
If your vacation is a family thing, make sure you are actively present. Your family needs you just like your business does so take a moment, listen to your parents, spouses, and kids. Be active, engage in conversations. Think up family activities and games that all of you can take part in.
Find places that hold memories and make good memories. These are the ones that you’ll look back on five-ten years later to ensure that you’re having fun.
Most importantly this vacation is yours. You wanted a getaway, so take a break, cut yourself some slack. Take a deep breath, jump into the pool or climb a peak or just sit in the sun and play basketball. Do what makes you feel better, get to know yourself a bit better. When you come back to your business, come back with a few more smile lines, memories and maybe a couple of inches to your waistline.