It’s tough because of multiple reasons:
- I enjoy what I do. I don’t feel like I need as many breaks like I did when I hated my job.
- I want my business to succeed. I know that a one week vacation wouldn’t kill my business, but my business is still so new that I want to pour all of my time into it.
- It’s hard to break away. I do so many different things that I think it would be very hard for me to take time off. I need to be better with delegating tasks so that I can take a vacation. I also need to work on scheduling more work ahead of time so that I can relax on my vacation.
There are many reasons for why vacations are important, and that’s why I think everyone should take them if they can. A vacation can really help lower your stress. It can also rejuvenate you and actually make you more motivated when you return to work. They are also fun and allow you to explore a new place!
Here are my tips to take a vacation:
Try to get as much done ahead of time.
One thing that I always try to do is to get as much work as I can get done. I usually write somewhere around 20 articles each week, so I will try to write more than usual so that I don’t have to worry about writing while I am on my vacation, as well as writing the few days after I come back from a vacation.
I try to make a to do list of everything that needs to be done and I will go through my list and tackle as much as I can before I actually leave.
This takes a significant amount of stress off of my plate, and it really helps me enjoy my vacation.
Let your clients or customers know that you will be gone.
In some industries, it is a good idea to let your clients or customers know that you will be on a vacation.
In most cases, they won’t even notice that you are gone, but there are probably certain circumstances where they should know ahead of time.
Have someone help manage your business while you are gone.
Even just hiring a virtual assistant to reply to e-mails or handle non-emergency issues can be a lifesaver.
It is usually best to do a test run before you head out on your vacation though so that any problems can be cleared up ahead of time. It takes out a lot of the stress while you are on vacation to do a test run.
Take your vacation during a slow time.
If you want to take a vacation, usually it is best to take one during a slow time. Taking a vacation during a peak time for your business will just add extra stress, and you may upset customers as well.
Lastly, try to take an actual vacation!
I am guilty to opening my laptop and working whenever I am on vacation. I don’t even remember the last time when I took a vacation and did not work at least a few hours each day. It’s like an obsession, I just have to work!
However, you should truly try to enjoy your vacation. Turn off your cell phone, laptops and everything else if you can. If you can’t go the whole vacation without working, try to limit it to certain parts of the day and give yourself a working limit as well.
If you are self-employed, do you find it hard to take a vacation? How about if you work for someone else?
When’s your next vacation? Tell me all about it! 🙂