'Eff it - I'm on holiday...'

Did you know that more than 40% of UK entrepreneurs don’t take holidays at all according to resent research.
As the rest of the UK prepares to come back to work after lovely summer holidays and weekends away, most people running their own business have been working through the summer months, and will continue to do so, through bank holiday weekends and national holidays. The entrepreneurial life is a life that never stops, and it’s easy to get stuck and forget to that a break.
But it’s not right, and it’s neither healthy nor productive either! And here is why we workaholic entrepreneurs should take a break.

#1 // Reboot, relax and have ideas…

Entrepreneurs work longer hours than most people, which can actually hamper productivity over the long-term as exhaustion and stress build up. Taking a break gives you the opportunity to take a rest, but also get some perspective on you business.
Sometimes it can be hard to see the big picture when you’re constantly working within the company and time off could generate some important revelations about improvements that could be made.  A little time off will help you to return to work revitalised and refocused, and ready to approach problems with a fresh set of eyes.

Spending time with friends and family is also a healthy way to rebalance a life that is frequently dominated by the needs of your business.

#2 // Time to let go…

Taking time off should be seen as an opportunity to see how the business fares without you. It’s a chance to try to delegate tasks - something many entrepreneurs (myself included) struggle to do - and to trust the team you have build around you.

Even though you run the company, that doesn’t mean the company can’t run without you. Plan carefully, put the right systems in place, trust your team and then…enjoy your vacation.

On the same note, you also want to set a good example for our team. As the person who owns and runs the company, your staff look to you to determine the culture of the business. If you slave away, day after day, never taking a break and having no balance in your life, you will create a toxic work culture where your staff feel unable to take time off, and they don’t want to let anyone down or be the odd one out.
The best companies make sure that employees have a fair work/life balance. Set the example by taking time off yourself and encourage others to do the same. You will have a happier and more productive team.

#3 // Accept that there is never a good time for a holiday

We all know it way too well; the standard excuse that there is never a good time to leave the business to go on holiday.
This is an unavoidable truth of running businesses but… Don’t let this stop you! Book time off well in advance so that you, and your team, know what’s coming, can plan ahead and be prepared.

Communicating in advance will help you focus on what you need to focus your time on now, what items can be delegated and handled while you are away, and what will need your immediate attention upon your return.

So you can relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing everything is in safe hands.