It’s kind of a paradox—when you own your own business it can be really hard to find time to get away and go on vacation. I mean, sometimes I can barely find time to eat 3 meals a day, let alone leave town to enjoy myself. But … entrepreneurs tend to lead stressful, over-scheduled lives and are the most-in-need of taking time off to recharge and rest. Why is it so hard to detach ourselves from our businesses when we’re the ones who will benefit most from taking time off?
Like most entrepreneurs, I don’t take a lot of vacations—or a lot of time off for that matter. It’s not that I can’t take time off. My team is running my studios and I’m not needed for day-to-day operations—just the big stuff, like strategy and money. Oh yeah, they still need me to sign their paychecks! It really boils down to not making vacations a priority.
But starting this year, I’m hoping to change my bad habit of not getting away. In fact, I just bought a plane ticket and booked my hotel for a trip to Australia. I’ll be gone for three weeks in August … and I can’t wait! I’m going to Hamilton Island, which is right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. And then, I’ll be in Sydney for the rest of my trip. Did I mention … I can’t wait?! I’ve never taken this much time away from the studios before.
How did I manage to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat? Well really, I just made taking this vacation a priority. And to ensure that I would follow through and actually book the trip, I hired a travel agent, which turned out to be a pretty smart move. Have you ever tried to figure out how to fly from here to Australia? It’s like a 2-day trip!
This year, I challenge you to start making your down-time count and actually take some vacation days. Make resting and recharging a priority so you don’t get tired and burnt out in your business. And finally, hire someone to take care of the details, if you know you’ll have trouble following through.
Check out these great books that helped me plan my trip: