Give Me A Break!
I need a break. I mean I really, really need a break. Like most small business owners I work hard to keep the ship on course and keep the clients satisfied. Like those same small business owners, in my enthusiasm to do the work and get it right, I sometimes lose sight of the importance of time off. In short, it’s been too long. That’s a mistake that I will rectify over the coming week as we take some much-needed vacation time away from the office.
In an Entrepreneur magazine article entitled “The Secret to Increased Productivity: Taking Time Off,” contributing writer Joe Robinson examines the growing phenomenon of the overworked entrepreneur who forgoes time off because it’s “good for business.”
“Entrepreneurs are often celebrated for wearing multiple hats and logging numerous hours,” Robinson says. “But working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health, and the life you’re supposedly working toward.”
While many business owners recognize the value of making time to work “on” their business as opposed to “in” their business, most fail to see the value in taking time to not work.
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of overdoing it, since capital in the early days is tight, but also because few ambitious achievers understand one of the biggest secrets of productivity–the refueling principle,” Robinson says. “It comes down to this: You get more done quicker when you step back and recharge the brain and body.”
Indeed, as we scramble to get our business ducks in a row and take a week (a whole week!) off, we realize that our business may be doing fine, but as business owners, we are just about out of gas. As we approach the summer vacation season, let’s take a moment to savor this bit of entrepreneurial wisdom from Mr. Robinson.
“Productivity doesn’t come from being glued to the helm every waking moment, but from how energized and, as a result, focused and organized your brain is. Humans are just like smartphones or iPods: We have to be recharged, or we run out of juice.”