Time For Some Time Out

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Work, work, work, go, go, go, drive, drive, drive. Collapse!

As successful business owners, we don’t stop for a minute. Even when we are not working, we are thinking about working and we are available, switched on and online.

But all work and no play is no fun! What do you work for, if not to take some time out to do the things you really want to do?

It’s not just about getting away and spending quality time with family and friends doing the things we love most… it’s also about the time away from the business. A proper recharge, refresh and time to clear the cobwebs and the mind of the millions of things that are swarming around in our heads.

You see, when we are on the go the whole time, our minds get cluttered with everything that is going on and we stop thinking clearly. We start dropping balls, forgetting things, decreasing the quality of our work, and that’s just not good for business.

So instead of thinking you can’t afford to take leave from your business, start thinking that your business can’t afford for you not to take time out!

Just as your body recharges, renews, grows and repairs when you sleep, your business will benefit from a period of slumber when you are not pushing it to the limit.

Time out of the business allows you breathing space for reflection. And reflection results in learning and growth.

Firstly, it gives you time to think about yourself for a change. How are you coping? What’s driving you? What’s stressing you out? What makes you happy? What changes can you make to improve your current situation? What are you enjoying and how can you do more of that? Self-awareness requires some quiet time for introspection, which is not possible when you are busy being busy.

Secondly, time away from the office often provides the opportunity to review the period prior. What have you achieved? What is going well? What are you currently busy with and how is that going? How can you do things differently to avoid the pitfalls you may have encountered recently? Sometimes things get so hectic, and we are driving so fast, we forget to look in the review mirror.

Although you can’t change the past, reflecting on the past is the best way to learn. Otherwise, history will keep repeating itself, as you keep doing the same things until you get stale.

And finally, time out provides an opportunity to dream about the future. It’s very difficult to think big picture, be innovative and creative when you are bogged down with the daily grind. Time out frees your headspace to concentrate on your vision and goals for the future.

Until January…

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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