One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is taking time away our business for ourselves. Many entrepreneurs feel guilty for even taking an hour out of the office, let alone a week for a vacation. Forfeiting peace of mind for enterprise is a sacrifice many entrepreneurs face. Taking time for yourself is so important, especially to avoid future burnout.
Ladies, your business will not go under if you take a few days off. Your clients go away, people in Corporate America go away, and you are able to go away too! Spend less time feeling guilty, and more time feeling that you earned this time to refresh and rejuvenate for the upcoming quarter ahead.
But before you go away, make sure you have all of your ducks in a row. Here are some tips for getting some quality “Me” time:
- Turn off your phone: Turn off your phone or put it on silent, and only check the flashing red light once per day to check for emergencies.
- Tell others! Don’t be afraid to tell others that you are going away, especially your clients. Overcome the fear you have of telling your clients by telling them at your next client meeting you will be out of town. You can even say it is for “business” because you won’t have a business if you don’t take care of your personal “business” with some quality “me” time.
- Become one with nature. Trade in your heels for your old fashioned tennis shoes and give your feet some much-needed relief. Plus, this will reduce stress and clear your mind.
- Journal: Spend some time journaling about your personal goals. All of us have personality traits that get in the way of how we do business, so spend some time focusing on some solution oriented journaling to tackle your personal goals.
- Spiritual Retreat: There are many retreat centers in a two-hour driving distance that combine mind and body cleansing with some low key social activity. Spiritual retreats are great for a three-day weekend, and to channel your inner girl hood from your teen tour or sleep away camp.
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the country's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to youth unemployment and underemployment and provides its members with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business's development and growth.