Taking Time to Recharge
Have you been working too much? As an entrepreneur it is very easy to get into the trap of working all the time without a break, you have to eat so letting up makes business nerve racking for the future. The importance of taking time off cannot be underestimated however, and may even be the difference in how your business grows. I recently took a vacation with my wife to the Caribbean for some much needed away time. It was the first vacation that I had this year and it was long overdue. We were celebrating a special occasion so we had decided on going away this year in September. Although I checked email and phone messages on a daily basis I tried to stay away from work all together. I brought just my iPhone, no laptop, etc.
What people don’t realize is that the vacation can be the most important thing you can do for yourself. It doesn’t have to be to the Caribbean, just some time off to recharge the brain cells. What normally happens with me is that I am actually working or maybe I should say working on me. With no daily work to take care of you give your mind a chance to relax and absorb your surroundings. You will find that you start thinking about the bigger picture and where you would like to take your business in the future. The small details will vanish for the most part. You need to relax your mind on a regular basis. One thing you notice as the clientele in your business grows is that you will find that more work is done in relaxed settings such as golf courses, entertainment venues and so on. That is because the people attending are higher up in their businesses and are spending more time working on their business as opposed to in their businesses. For example this year I started golfing and have noticed a big difference in some of the relationships that I have formed while on the golf course. I can’t explain it but it works.
So the moral of the story is take time on a regular basis to recharge the brain, get more involved in some of the leisure activities that go with business and you will see your business grow. It may surprise you how fast this can work for you. Schedule vacation time on a regular basis, even if you stay home and don’t answer the phone.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is an illustrator and marketing consultant. He is regularly published in many magazines in the Ontario area. Form more information please visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
Posted on September 27, 2011, in Articles on business for Creatives and tagged blog, Bruce Outridge, Bruce Outridge Productions, business, cartoons, entrepreneurship, illustration, Marketing, The Business Side of Art. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.