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There comes a time in every business owner’s life where you just need to take a break. Maybe you’re not sure what the next step is. Or maybe you just reached a big goal and need some time off.
Whatever the reason is, every entrepreneur deserves a break from creating, building, growing and learning.
The problem though, is that we create more excuses for reasons NOT to take a break then we do finding reasons we SHOULD.
Know this; there’s never going to be enough time or enough money, so don’t let these excuses hold you back.
You’ll always be afraid of the unknown because, well, it’s unknown. And you’ll never feel ready to take the leap because, you’ve never done this before.
So it’s time to push past the fear and do it anyway! Stop focusing on the reasons why you can’t take a break and start focusing on ways you can. As some who’s your own boss, you work hard and should reward yourself.
Below are nine compelling reasons why you need to ignore all your excuses and take a break from the constant hustle right now.
1. You work hard to play hard
Back when I had a full-time day job, I worked so much I literally didn’t have time to spend the money I made. I worked 16-hour days, plus Saturdays and Sundays. I wasn’t even home in time to pick up my mail!
After I realized it was time to quit, I promised myself that since I worked hard, I’d play hard too. Why else do we work so hard except to enjoy our lives?
As a business owner you work hard and therefore should be able to play hard too. Life is short and tomorrow’s not promised, so take advantage of it while you can.
2. Business burnout is real
There’s no doubt that business burnout is a real thing. It’s something that every business owner faces from time to time, so don’t get discouraged if you’re in this phase right now.
I’ve personally experienced this several times over the past 6 years of being full-time self-employed. After awhile you start to recognize the signs of burnout and learn to avoid this unending cycle.
I’ve found that the best medicine for overcoming burnout and reducing stress related to your career is to take a break. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives and businesses that we forget there’s a whole other world of possibilities out there.
Taking a break will give you a new perspective and a chance to avoid business burnout in the future.
3. Create a new “normal”
Not much changes in our daily lives. We answer to schedules, routines and calendars. It’s a cycle we repeat every day, which leaves no room for spontaneity or change.
Even if you’re happy in your work and life, getting away for a few days will open your eyes to a fresh perspective. This could be exactly what you need to brainstorm a new business idea, or to breath life into an old project.
Whether you drive an hour or across the country, what you experience outside your daily routine will show you there’s more to life than just your to-do list.
4. Make offline connections
Getting offline and into the real world is not only healthy but it’s a great way to meet new people. Face-to-face human interaction is a very important part of living a balanced life, especially if you’re self-employed working from home.
It’s vital that you make time to leave your home office and make real life connections!
Not all of the people you meet will help further your career, but that’s kinda the point. Relationships don’t always need to be work based, sometimes it’s nice to have a few real friends.
5. Relaxation leads to creativity
Day-to-day life can drain you, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our bodies weren’t made to be robots working all day, making withdrawals and getting nothing in return.
It’s imperative you take time to recharge, because without regular deposits, eventually your life ATM will be empty (yes I talk in financial metaphors!). So take the time to relax and put some distance between the daily responsibilities that siphon away your energy.
6. Get in touch with your gut
When was the last time you listened to your gut? Do you even know what you want anymore? The stresses of life and pressures from social media have a way of creeping in on us far more than we’d like to admit.
These influencers can become a prominent part of our mindsets and thought process, which is why it’s so important to get away from it all. You need a safe place where you can tune out all the noise and get back to knowing your gut.
What is it that you truly want for your career? Why did you start your business in the first place? What’s your next step? These are all questions that you should ask, and answer, on a regular basis.
7. New challenges await
This is probably one of the most important reasons to get away this weekend. I don’t like being out of my comfort zone, and I have to force myself to push past my reservations.
Taking a break in itself is challenging. There are unfamiliar people, new places to explore and a whole lot of time you don’t know what to do with.
Yes, the unknown is scary.
But if you look at taking a break as a challenge instead of an obstacle, you’ll gain more confidence, learn more about yourself and grow as a business owner.
8. Bring back the spark
It’s not just the daily routine that can bring you down. Listening to the same people, reading the same blogs and hearing the same podcasts can put you in an endless rut.
When I turned 25 I became restless with where my life and career were going. I was stuck in a marriage that didn’t make me happy and a job that was sucking the life out of me.
I wanted something different, but I didn’t know what to do next. So I just started making changes. I filed for divorce, started paying off all my consumer debt and eventually quit my day job to become self-employed.
Change can bring about new perspectives and better opportunities. Taking a break from your business is the one thing that will help bring back the spark that’s missing.
9. Future-proof your business
It’s a proven fact that going on a food diet, or spending diet, for a prolonged amount of time leads to overeating and overspending. Many times this process can completely negate any progress you made, or even put you further in the hole.
Instead of building a business that requires you to go on a creative binges or spending diets in order to survive, future proof your career. In other words, stop creating a business with peaks and valleys and build a career that’s sustainable in the future.
Can you continue running your business how you are now when you’re retired?
10. No more decision fatigue
Trying to find the answers to all your business and career questions can get tiresome. Add this to all the daily life questions from your family, friends, spouse, etc., it can seem like a never-ending list of answers.
Decision fatigue is a real thing. In fact, it’s why so many high-profile entrepreneurs wear the same type of clothing every day. Vow to take a break from relentless questions (and answers!) and just be.
Don’t overthink things or analyze situations from every angle. Give yourself a break from life, if you will, and just enjoy it for once! Make the decision now, to get away from it all, even if it’s only for a couple hours.
Taking a break from your business can teach you a lot about yourself! So go for a drive, getaway for the weekend, and take time off for YOU.