Hands up if you’re a business owner who finds taking quality time away from your business a struggle? You and me both.
Even on the days I’m not working, I’m at least chatting to people on Instagram, reading and responding to emails and snapping photos that will ultimately become content and I know pretty much everyone with a business of their own does the same thing.
The feelings that come with detaching yourself from what for most of us is ultimately a passion can be complicated. We enjoy our work and we’re all working hard to make a living from it which makes fully switching off an almost impossible task.
I did manage to do that for just a couple of days on our recent trip to Marbella though when my phone remained firmly in a drawer. Here are a few of the benefits that followed.
A fresh perspective
It’s amazing how much more creative you become when the pressure’s off. A few days away left me feeling so inspired to make a start on some new projects. These last few months have been slightly manic on the writing front for me which can sometimes take the enjoyment out of it. Stepping away and having the opportunity to look at my business from an outside perspective and come up with some new ideas was refreshing.
A reality check
I’m the worst for unnecessarily stressing myself out. Before I went away, there were all kinds of things on my brain giving me anxiety. Detaching myself from the world of work made them suddenly seem a lot less daunting though. Realistically there was nothing that couldn’t wait the few days we spent there. It just took taking time out to realise that.
The chance to reflect
The day to day running of any business is crazy time consuming which means I for one am often left with little to no time to reflect on where it’s heading and what’s working or not. That’s what this digital detox gave me. I’d been feeling stuck when it came to my freelance work for a little while now so I found that evaluation super helpful in terms of moving forward.
The biggest benefit of taking time out for me was that I realised I actually missed working. Anyone who knows me knows I struggle with doing nothing anyway. I’m definitely an ‘ants in your pants’ kind of girl. Being forced not to be meant I was itching to get back to my work with a whole new sense of drive and enthusiasm I didn’t had before. I know, I really should get out more.
How do you take time away from your business?
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