As a business owner, you’re always on. More than likely, you’re responsible for client deliverables, new business development, payroll and much more. And while it can be difficult to step away from your responsibilities as a business owner, it’s important to schedule time to disconnect.
It may seem impossible, but small business owners should schedule vacation time. Not only is it a good opportunity to back away from the day-to-day of work and return refreshed with new ideas, it’s also essential for your health. Research by the National Institutes of Health, reports that people dealing with work-related stress lose the ability to make goal-oriented decisions. Disconnecting and taking a vacation can help reduce that stress.
You may need to drum up the courage to take a vacation, but the benefits associated with stepping away from work are endless. To make this a little easier, here are three tips.
Delegate to a trusted source.
Hopefully you’ve already mastered the art of delegating. If not, now is the time to find a trusted source to delegate your work to while you’re away. Pinpoint a senior person on your team for high-level work and an executive or virtual assistant to handle tasks such as checking your voicemail and emails for urgent messages.
As a courtesy to your clients, inform them beforehand that you’re stepping away from work. Contact clients who you frequently work with you and notify them of your absence. You can also add a note at the end of your email signature prior to your vacation, informing contacts that you’ll be out of the office. A sample message could read:
**Please note that I will be away from the office from Monday, August 18 until Friday, August 22. If there is anything that needs my attention prior, please contact me now. For help while I’m away, please contact Jane Smith at [email protected].**
Prepare for the unexpected.
While your main goal in disconnecting is to enjoy time away from work-related tasks, emergencies can happen and you should be prepared. Prep the person you’ll delegate tasks to on solutions to emergencies that could potentially occur. If they can’t resolve the issue, be prepared to accept phone calls or check email. Make sure the destination where you’re headed can easily access WiFi.
These three tips will get you started on the journey of disconnecting from work to truly enjoy time away from the office. Afterwards, return to the office refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things after vacation. You’ll thank yourself many times over for your new energy and perspective.
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Tiffany Winbush is the Social Media Manager for Hiscox USA Insurance, responsible for driving social media engagement and publishing the Hiscox Small Business blog. Connect with Hiscox on: LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Google +
This post was provided with support from Hiscox Small Business Insurance.