Getting Away: 4 Ways to Recharge Without Neglecting Your Business
We know your business takes up a lot of your time, but you can still manage to break away to recharge your batteries without everything going to pieces at your company.
I have been working with clients to shape more balance in their lives. I have been working to do that in my own life as well. There are a few things that I have learned.
1. Planning is key
Set vacation or rejuvenation goals that make sense for the cycles in your business. I have a goal for a long weekend quarterly and then two bigger vacations one in the spring and the other at the end of the year, which is a staycation so I can have time for planning and family.
2. Block out time
As a business coach and consultant, I have to block out my away time just like its client work and plan that out for the year. Then it’s about keeping my commitment to myself.
3. Prepare your clients for your time away
It’s just like a tradeshow and facilitating a big retreat with clients, I make sure I am attending to my client’s needs before I leave and scheduling their sessions and meetings in advance so they know they have me when I get back. This is great for my spring vacation because I am off the grid. I also leave work and instructions with my assistant to follow up with folk who have questions even if that just means she schedules a call with them when I get back. It’s about setting up systems for service while I am away. It’s a competitive world and most things can wait a few days, even a week.
4. Go off the grid
At first it was anxiety creating not to have my laptop, not to be connected to my phone. It would take me the first 3 days just to detox from being constantly on and available to clients and on social media. That’s when I realized I needed 7 nights so I would have time to detox, unwind, rest and have fun. The short vacations, I try to work in the mornings before breakfast if needed and then let it go.
If you are not taking breaks to recharge your spirit periodically, you will eventually experience burn-out, experience deep and unhealthy stress which causes all kinds of chronic disease. Ultimately, you will be less effective than when you do take breaks.
Monika Moss-Gransberry is President of MKM Management Consulting