If you are a small business owner, you probably eat, sleep, and breathe your business. It is a big part of who you are, and it most likely consumes a great deal of your time. Despite this — or more accurately, because of this — it is extremely important to take breaks.
A break can mean getting away for a summer vacation, spending some time with family during the holidays, attending a business event out of state, or just getting out of the office for a few extra hours. The bottom line is that we all need breaks on a regular basis. Here are a few reasons why getting away from the office can be a positive thing for you and your business.
You Are More Likely to Avoid Burning Out
Being stressed to the level of burnout is a very serious situation. If you continuously burn the candle at both ends, it is likely that you will hit a wall at some point. There are a lot of ways to avoid burning out, but taking consistent breaks is the big one.
Stop using the common excuse that there is just too much to do. You have it in your power to make regular breaks happen. Shuffle your priorities, plan ahead, and delegate more (and if you don't have employees yet, now may be the perfect time to expand your business and lighten your workload).
You Can Reset Your Work/Life Balance
A perfect balance between work and your personal life is difficult to achieve, but those two facets of life must be able to balance each other in some capacity. Finding the right amount of attention to spend on every aspect of life is an ongoing process for most of us.
We all know that change is constant in both life and business, so it's important to retain a level of flexibility in order to keep things stable across the board. When you find yourself overly engaged in work and things in your personal life start suffering, taking a break from your business can be an excellent way to shift the balance and get back to a more harmonious existence.
Changing the Scenery Is Good for Idea Development and Inspiration
Have you ever been stuck in a rut? One way to get out of it is by getting away from the day-to-day routines and exploring a new environment. This can come by way of a vacation, a 30-minute walk outside, or even by getting to a local business conference. Being around others in a new environment can provide an excellent opportunity for getting inspired. You may be surprised at the new ideas that come to you, not to mention all of the potential networking opportunities you may find.
Leaving the Office Empowers Your Employees to Take Charge
A good boss trusts his or her team to carry on the mission of the business. You took time to choose employees with the skills needed, an understanding of the business, and a passion for their jobs. You can raise the value of your employees by empowering them to be a high functioning team in your absence. Leaving your staff in charge not only gives them a chance to step up and grow professionally, but it also makes taking regular breaks easier for you, knowing that you have a capable team backing you up.
So, instead of saying you will take a break next year, and then letting the time come and go, take time right now to schedule some time off over the next few months. Put it in your calendar and start letting people know you will be unavailable during that time. Then get ready to delegate and enjoy some time off.