Have you truly asked yourself that question? Are you able to take time away from your business? If you answered yes, we think you’re on track for long-lasting success in your business. But consider how longs it’s been since you took that time. If your answer is no, it’s time to do something about it. It is possible for a business to afford it’s owners or management time away. It’s not only possible, it’s extremely beneficial.
Reasons Why You Should Take Time Away from Your Business
Best practices should be put in place that allow you time away. The practices we recommend won’t just help you achieve this, but on their own, they can impact your business in a positive way.
A more sustainable business
Your business will be more successful if it can continue going without you in the everyday goings on. This means it is sustainable. If your business can do this it’s because you’ve most likely equipped and delegated to the people who work in your business so that they are efficient and accountable. You are probably also using the best technology and resources available, as a forward thinker should.
If you’re not there yet, begin prioritizing your team, investing in their future work in your business. Employees may grow by observing the work of a leader, but they really “cut their teeth” when given the chance to rise to the occasion. Allowing them to manage responsibilities during your absence is one of those chances. Also, be on constant lookout for the best systems and software to improve the internal processes of your business. Not doing so will cause stagnation. Every part of your business should NOT depend on you. You’re important, but there’s a natural limit to that.
A more sustainable You
You’ll last longer in your business if you take the time to rest and focus on things other than your business. It will help bring balance to your life. For the busier, type-A business owner, doing “other things” definitely means making time for downtime. It might be a fight just to get yourself to sit still. It can take work NOT to think about work, but discipline correlates with success.
The more balanced you are as a person, the more balanced you are as a leader. A balanced leader is a better leader. We don’t need anymore tyrants or people losing everything they have because of their obsession in their work.
A way to take your business to the next level
The evidence is clear. A person is more effective, more creative, and more energetic in their life AFTER they’ve had time for rest and relaxation. Sometimes a person can’t solve a problem or come up with their next idea because they are too overwhelmed by their surroundings. That’s why detectives, writers – people from many different fields – step away from a task and do something completely off topic, and most likely leisure, to pause and re-start their thought process. They almost always solve their problem or complete their idea during this type of activity.
Removing yourself from your business can help you get out of the weeds. It can better prepare you to work ON your business and not just in it. Taking a few days away may be just what you need to reflect on the bigger picture of what you’re doing with your work and why. It can help you think about the future. Your best idea may come while you’re feeling good and looking at something inspirational, like a sunset over the ocean during a walk on the beach.
Tips to Help You Take Time Away
If the reasons we just mentioned made your ears perk up, don’t stop there. Use these tips to better your business and help you make time away a reality.
1. Delegate – We said it before, but we’ll say it again. Train up people to share your responsibilities while you’re gone. Even paying for temp workers can be worthwhile in this instance.
2. Auto-responses – Especially with email communication, an automated response explaining your absence is more common than ever before. It will probably not shock a recipient when they read that response. Especially if your message explains more details like the exact dates you’ll be gone, that gives them a proper expectation. Seeing your return date can help the neediest client remember that your absence is just temporary.
3. Advance Notice to Clients – This goes along with the tip we just mentioned. If clients are given perimeters, they usually do just fine. In fact, they should appreciate the gesture of you telling them directly and well enough in advance. It demonstrates care and good communication which builds trust – hugely important in client relations.
4. Plan ahead/Work ahead – If you can schedule certain things ahead of time or complete projects early, that can make it easier on those who fill your shoes. Maybe more importantly, it will help you feel better about taking extended time.
If you’re a smaller business with few to no employees and you’ll be gone for a long time, passive income is helpful. If you have products that can continue to sell even if you’re not around to build anything new or find more clients, you’ll still bring in finances through your passive income.
5. Set up boundaries – If you don’t want to be contacted by employees/co-workers during your absence, tactfully make that expectation clear. You may need to be notified of emergencies. Make it clear what an emergency means for you. If you think it’s helpful to receive a limited amount of updates while you’re gone, set up a routine with only one person in your business who will do this with you. Aim for a set time to do it and let it be then and only then that you focus on work.
Mull over this topic. Find ways to put it into practice. Then, we’ll leave you with one more question – Where are you going to spend your time away?!