Our holidays were amazingly busy, filled with love, snow, and fun! This year we did things a little differently: we carved out time from our calendar and took official vacation days to spend time with our family and friends, and we couldn’t be happier that we did.
In committing to ourselves (one’s mental, emotional, and physical health is nothing to ignore!), we not only enjoyed our celebrations, but we returned to the studio full of energy and inspiration. (For those of you in a creative field, you know finding renewed inspiration is no small task.)
In light of our experience, we wanted to encourage you to schedule some vacation days as well. Pick a day or two each month that you would normally be working and set them aside. They don’t have to coincide with any national holidays, special events, or severe weather – in fact, we’ve found that sunny Thursdays work just fine. If you’re really pressed for time, select one day each week and call it quits two hours early (four weeks * two hours each = eight hours off!).
Treat yourself to some time off and your business will thank you…
While this is meant to be a freeing exercise, there are a few ground rules you should follow:
Continue Your Regular Work / Rest Routine
We don’t want you to switch days on / off – we want you to take at least one more every month. You are worth it and we’re confident your business will reap the rewards of a rested and happy mind.
You Must Take Your Scheduled Time Off
Announce your vacation days to your clients, post them on your website, talk about them on social media. Brag about your new-found leisure – it will inspire others to take stock of their current work habits and adjust accordingly.
Unless your business is related to life saving, you don’t need to answer the phone, reply to email, or hang out on Twitter on your days off. Your clients and fans will still be there when you return. You know why? Because they will benefit from your refreshed mindset, too…and as they say: absence makes the heart grow fonder.
So there you have it: our very strong suggestion. Why not try it? No excuses…our fingers are planted firmly in our ears…we can’t hear you. You better take some well-deserved time for yourself or we’ll have to start singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt in protest. (Yeah, we’re that serious.)
Take that, burnout!