“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” –Earl Wilson, Journalist
Why do we tend to judge those who take vacation? We’ve all heard it before: “is now the right time to take vacation?”, “he can’t be that dedicated if he just took off,” and a perennial favourite, “must be nice to take vacation, I certainly don’t have time.”
The best business minds understand the value of taking vacation to refresh from the stresses of the job, and they certainly never discourage others from taking the time necessary to re-boot. Not only is it good for morale, but productivity and creativity often improve upon return. Vacation time allows you to reconnect with family and friends. It also gives you enough distance from the day-to-day business to return with a fresh perspective and renewed energy and focus.
Vacation a Time to De-stress
It’s important to take the time you need to disengage from your day-to-day activities and unwind. Stress is one of the most underrated factors when determining success, and one of the biggest killers of people, both mentally and physically. Taking the time you need to de-stress allows entrepreneurs to focus more wholly on their business. Vacation time should be mandated, not punished.
While the type of vacation you take should be dictated by your personality, the most important factor is that you actually leave the work behind. While it is harder for an entrepreneur to completely disconnect, it’s important to only take messages or calls that are critically important. Also, be sure to set your out-of-office alerts and messages to “away”.
Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, advocate for new business ventures, and consummate entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years building businesses, guiding companies and identifying strong investment opportunities, while nurturing a thriving family, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience; experience, that may be of value to others who are looking to shape a balanced and successful life experience.
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