Take Time Away for a Stronger Business

My yoga studio sent me an email this morning about the importance of a re-boot. The email both resonated with and inspired me, so I decided to write a blog post about it this week.

I'm convinced that inspiration for your business can be found nearly anywhere, but you have to take the time to look around and find it. Often, we're so busy 'hustling' that we forget to stop for a second and smell the figurative (or literal) roses. It's critical to work hard in your business and take it seriously, but balance is also necessary for long-term success. Take a little time to yourself to do something physical in the middle of the day, even if you don't normally take a lunch break. Go for a short walk or do yoga or whatever you enjoy.

Even when you are in the middle of a huge launch sequence, it's incredibly important to remove yourself from your process and your work once in a while. I do not advocate becoming a slacker, but if you decide that Saturday is your day off... Take Saturday off. Turn off your phone, turn off your computer, or whatever it is that distracts you or makes you think about work. If you think of some great ideas while you're away (and I hope you do!), write them down or email them to yourself, but then move on and enjoy the rest of your day off. The time away will help you come back refreshed and ready to work even harder/better/faster.

One of my favorite benefits of taking time away is actually the ability to think in a different way about the information that you already have. I do this a lot for strategy planning. When I create a strategy plan for a new launch, I usually go outside and bring a notepad. Then, I visualize how I want the launch to go and draw it out on the notepad. I'm still working in a a way, but being outside my office allows me to look at the launch from a different perspective and see potential outcomes that I didn't think about before. Talking through things with another person can also be incredibly helpful, especially someone who isn't as close to your business or the particular situation if you are struggling with something. I like to combine a change of scenery with another perspective when I'm working through something really difficult.

Another huge benefit is that when you stop trying to actively solve a problem, a solution often presents itself. In that case, you already had the information you needed, but couldn't find the answer through all of the noise and distractions of your daily work. Sometimes you can accomplish this during a short walk in the afternoon, other times it takes a good sweat session or even a week on the beach. Find the places and times that you feel most creative. Chances are, your creativity will help you come up with solutions to the questions you have about your business.