Very few people look at all the benefits of taking vacations. In fact, many people will tell you that they are too busy to take vacations. I know this because I used to be one of those people!
As a coach and trainer to some pretty productive people, I will tell you that being “BUSY” is often a result of poor systems and workflow! I will also tell you, that I strongly recommend taking two to four vacations a year, and always have your next vacation scheduled!
Now I am not taking about calling going to Vegas to attend a business conference as a vacation. I mean the kind of vacation where you go away, turn off the phone, and let your team execute for you while you recharge yourself! Real down time!
I get that this seems tough for many of you, but it is time for you to look at your business and exactly why you can’t go away? What is going to happen that you can’t have someone cover for you while you are gone? Clearly if you think you can’t get away, even for a few days unplugged, you have some big issues.
The benefits to doing the work so you can go away are many. Here are a few:
- You get to go away and spend some of the money you are making.
- You get to recharge and relax.
- Getting away from your business helps provide clarity.
- Preparing to go away makes you look at your systems.
- Going away helps you see what worked and what didn’t!
- Preparing to go away causes efficiency in your efforts.
- It always seems that when people are away, they see a spike in new business!
- Unplugged vacations prevent expensive divorces!
- Unplugged vacations help you learn about your kids and/or yourself!
If you don’t have the money, systems, or team to go away; work on the systems first! Getting your systems squared away will create efficiencies and more opportunities. These new opportunities will create new income, and then you will have the money to go away. You don’t have to plan a two week adventure. Start with a three day weekend. When you get back, plan a four day weekend and get it on your schedule. Work toward the outcome you desire helps motivate you to implementation! Implementation causes change! Change is what you need so you can get away unplugged for longer periods of time!
Everyone needs vacations. I am on a vacation! As this is being published on Thursday May 25th 2017, my wife and I are enjoying our 7th day in Hawaii. We will be in Kauai to be specific, part of a cruise around the islands that completes my 50 state experiences. I have now been in all 50 states! We will book our next vacation as soon as we get home, if we don’t book it while we are on this one.
Planning for and taking vacations can actually make you a better and productive professional. Once you understand how powerful it is to take unplugged vacations, you will always have one schedule on your calendar!