Employees often have a misconception about employers that it is completely up to them to decide how they should spend their time. While it is true to an extent, it is also true that entrepreneurs often find themselves helpless in the face of their responsibilities and end up working in their vacations as well.
Despite the business being their own and the resources at their disposal, they may struggle to distance themselves completely from their responsibilities even in their leisure time.
Following are certain ways in which entrepreneurs can truly de-stress during their time off:
Inform ahead of time
If you express a desire to take some time off and neither your customers nor your clients have a problem with it, it surely means that they are great and so is your service.
It is a reality that everybody needs a break once in a while and simply because you’re an entrepreneur doesn’t mean that you’re an exception to this rule.
People may expect you to be the kind of person who works round the clock and each day of the year. But you are also a human being after all and will need to take breaks so that you can get back to work feeling recharged.
As a person in a position of responsibility you may have to give your employees, clients, vendors, partners and other related parties ample notice of your leave. By informing them in advance you are basically preparing them for your temporary absence from work.
If you do not inform them beforehand about your leave there may be a lot of frustration and confusion in that period and this can cause a strain in your relationships.
If you’ve informed others you will not be worried about relationships becoming weak while you’re away which means that there will be one less thing to worry about.
Keep away the Tech Tools
The ideal thing to do on a vacation is to cut off every chord that connects you with your professional life. These chords come in various forms such as cell phones, laptops, tablets or any other gadget that you use to work.
But it may be asking for too much. While it is unrealistic to expect an entrepreneur to completely stay away from these things you can practice this philosophy to a certain degree at least.
Work only if it is absolutely necessary and open your laptop only at certain preassigned hours of the day such as when your friends and family have fallen asleep.
Pull Back If Needed
Travel plans can include hobnobbing with friends, family and relatives and holiday shopping for them or with them. Now we understand that being an entrepreneur takes its toll on you and for this reason we advise that you shouldn’t put up with the added pressure of socialising with too many people if you do not feel like doing it. The whole purpose of going on a vacation goes for a toss if you do not feel rejuvenated but restless and anxious.
This is also true for your business, you should only handle those matters that simply cannot be solved without your interference. For everything else remember you can always pull yourself back.
Use the Holiday Season Wisely
Businesses close for a while during the holidays and even the busiest entrepreneurs experience a slow down in their level of activity. It is possible that you may find some quiet time in such a scenario and if you cannot go on a vacation yourself you should think of ways to use this time wisely.
Instead of spending your valuable time getting menial tasks done, you should focus on your business’ status quo. These times are valuable for reflecting on how things are shaping up to be. It could be the perfect time to reevaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing your organisation. You can also think of better ways to connect with your clients.
It is common for employees and employers to feel a hint of guilt on their vacation. But feeling this way lays to waste the whole purpose of taking some time off work. You should look at it as an opportunity to connect with your family, friends and most importantly your inner self.
You should enjoy the exotic food, nature, drinks and all other luxuries that you are able to afford on your vacation and also the invaluable company of those who you find important enough to take with you on a vacation.
If you find it difficult to part ways with your business, you can consider taking your entire team for a corporate day out as this way you will get all the relaxation you need and also the satisfaction of being engaged with your business.