‘Tis the season for news feed overload! It seems like every time you log on you are instantly flooded with a plethora of photos showcasing white sandy beaches, cocktails and great times had by all. Yes, these people appear to have actually detached from their careers for a few days. They’ve completed their tasks, tied up loose ends and even boarded an airplane (cue up small business owner anxiety). So, in a world where we stay connected 24/7, how do you actually disconnect as a small business owner?
- Plan accordingly. Though in some cases this might not be possible, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead-especially when it comes to your small business. If you know a big vacation is near, take the time to clear your schedule. Notify your clients of your upcoming vacation and throw on an ‘out of office’ email reminder. It’s OK to check in daily, but try not to obsess! Leave a number in case of emergencies (be sure to clearly define the word ’emergency’) and enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle of small business ownership for a few days!
- Forget your phone. In 2016, it’s impractical for us to think we could actually leave our phones behind, but it might not hurt to leave them in your hotel room for a day! If you must have your phone with you at all times, try to stay away from it. Read a good book, take a nap and enjoy the company of your family/friends. Vacations are a great time to reconnect!
- Brainstorm. Vacations are also a great time to recharge your batteries. Take the opportunity to develop new and exciting goals and ideas for your small business. While you are relaxing, reflect upon your business. What works? What doesn’t? Think of ways to solve your problems- with a cocktail in hand, of course!
- Let Go. This one is hard. If you’ve planned accordingly, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to let go for a few days. Trust the people (and plans) you’ve put in place during your absence. Trust me, your business will be fine without you for a week!
- Have Fun! As small business owners, our days are long. Most of us pour everything we have into the success of our businesses. Be proud of the band you’ve built and reward yourself with a few days of fun! Life is too short to be anything but happy.