For some reason many, if not most entrepreneurs, feel guilty when they take time away from their business. Regardless of whether it’s just a random day off or a planned vacation, there’s still a feeling of uneasiness about not being engaged.
When challenged, the reasons range from I’m too busy and the business needs me to I want to set an example for my staff. Of course between these reasons there is always the old faithful fact that many don’t really trust their employees to do the work and expect them to spend the day goofing off.
I also believe that we sometimes forget that we don’t have to ask permission, because we’re the boss. So if any of these reasons resonate with you, I’m telling you that it’s okay to take the time off and get away from the business and here’s why:
1. You probably need the diversion – All work and no play makes the entrepreneur boring! Getting out and away even for just a day can recharge you. Sometimes just disengaging from the business will give you a different perspective on the challenges and opportunities you have been facing.
2. What the heck did you go into business for anyways? I would wager that one of the core reasons you wanted to be self employed was to have more time to do what you want to do. So how’s that working for you?
3. If you don’t start now, you’ll never get away – ever. There is also pretty good chance that your employees will surprise you and get the job done.
4. Contrary to your opinion, you’re not supposed to be the hardest working person in your company (see point 2).
5. It’s a great way to test your ability to train people (see point 3)
As owners, we take on tremendous responsibilities and risk by running our own businesses. This isn’t limited to the financial elements, but also includes a high degree of emotional capital. Add to that the burden of having employees who depend on you for their livelihood, it’s no wonder we feel we can’t get away. Unfortunately, these are the same reasons that should compel us to get away from it more often and get recharged.
So this is where the trade off happens. Because of these responsibilities, we have the right to take certain liberties without having to ask anyone or feeling the least bit uneasy.
So quit feeling guilty and spend the extra day after the conference or that out-of-town meeting and go do that sightseeing you keep putting off. Better still, stop what you’re doing right now and spend the rest of day doing something you really want to do.
Copyright © Greg Weatherdon 2013
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