It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere and most people plan some kind of holiday now but I’m talking about taking a break anytime.
We don’t take enough breaks and should take more. Don’t use your cellphone or your laptop. But DO take your camera. Don’t call your clients. Tell them you’re going somewhere you can’t be reached. The power of self employment is that you CAN take a break whenever you need one. If you run a business where clients have urgent needs then have someone you trust take care of them and have a voice mail message that tells how to reach them.
How do you do stop working?
If you don’t stop for even a little while you will be forced to – by your body. You’ll get an ailment of some kind that will remind you that you must.
This is how to take some time away from thinking about your business.
- take a bike ride or if you don’t have or ride a bike, take a walk – with your hands empty. The further you get from your office and the longer you’re away, the clearer your mind will become.
- go away somewhere for a couple of days. You can sail, walk, climb or drive to someplace you love or have never been and always wanted to go.
- have a 1 or 2 week vacation – a real trip and don’t plan anything (except maybe how you’ll get there and where you’ll stay).
- for 3 weeks or 1 month, get away from your business. Michael Gerber, author of The E-Myth Revisited , asks us to work ON our business and not IN it.
Any time away from your business and that means your “electronic stuff” too is good. As long as you think of something else or don’t think at all, it will free your mind up and you will be better when you get back. I read a book called Mastermind. How to think like Sherlock Holmes and one of things I learned that makes him a great “sleuth” is that he takes time away from a case – he plays his violin or goes for a long walk.
You don’t have to go away
If you can’t get physically away (yet) be sure to schedule some time every day to be away – yoga, walking, lunch with a friend who won’t talk business, put your head down on your desk, or look out of the window and be grateful for everything you have.
Put the points from above (numbers 1 through 4) in your daytimer and take it. You deserve it. Time is all we really have.
Tell us how YOU took a break in the comments below.