Many of us dream about the next vacation or holiday, but we often don’t act upon our desires. We follow travel accounts on Instagram, and we comment on how we would love to go see the beautiful destinations we see, but we don’t take enough steps to actually get there. Why is this? What is really going on? Taking a vacation is extremely important in finding balance and happiness in your life and enhancing productivity in your business. When you take this time for yourself, you allow yourself time to reset, recharge, and you’ll come back more productive, more inspired, and more YOU. You are actually ready to take on the world again! We just got back from an extended family vacation to Santa Cruz. We have gone for the last 9 summers. It is such a great chance to catch up with our family and our loved ones. There have been years where we had 6 blow up beds on the deck and over 25 people spending the weekend. Other years, family and friends come and go throughout the week. Lots of sun, ocean time, too much ice cream and cocktails….I love vacations and want to share with you five reasons why a vacation is an important and fun necessity in your life:
1. YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS DESERVE YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. Working from home means you can always be “ON”.
Downtime gives you an opportunity to reconnect and rediscover your loved ones, and this is truly important in life. They need it, they deserve it, and you need to give it to them. Provide your full and undivided attention, and budget for it so that the experience is a magical one. Be generous for this allotted time. It’s the time to make up for any late nights, time away on business travels, etc. It’s important not to use these days off cleaning the house, or finishing overdue projects. Think skiing. Think Tropics. Think seaside cottage retreat. Think beach house and camp fires. And s’mores. 🙂 Your family and you will be more rested and ultimately grateful.
2. FOR THE MEMORIES AND FUN YOU WILL HAVE
There’s a special feeling you get when you grab your family photo album and relive the wonderful memories over and over. Memories are something we hold most dear. Our elders will tell us it is the memories they remember that are the most meaningful things to them. We cherish the good times, remember and hold onto them forever. We must remember as entrepreneurs that if we are doing something that isn’t making us money, that’s okay! The memories you create are invaluable, and could generate many happy returns for you. Life is more valuable when filled with memories and experiences!
3. VACATIONS KEEP YOU FRESH. New experiences rev your motor, keep you healthy (stress is #1 health problem) and help you avoid burnout.
People are taking less vacations overall. According to a study published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 9 million people in the USA took a vacation in July 1976. Today, it is closer to 7 million. Shockingly, a 2012 study of American people discovered they left 9.2 vacation days unused! Too many of us walk around, stressed, overworked, and burned out. We work ourselves to the bone. Consider it your medicine, for you, your business, and your family. When you return, you’ll find everything rolled along fine without you, you’ll be recharged, and ready to take on the world. Taking a vacation gives you the chance to renew your energy, find balance, re-align, and broaden your horizons. This opportunity gives you the chance to indulge in your own needs for a select amount of time. When you return, the results will show in increased productivity, and a positive new outlook. And who doesn’t love views like this!
4. VACATIONS HELP YOU TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE
You can bet if you take a vacation, you’ll be more productive than ever when you get back in the swing of things. Once you return, you’ll more than likely work harder and catch up on overdue tasks. According to a recent article published by The New York Times:
Research says that a lot of that has to do with the way humans are made. “The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously,” The Times reported. “Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.”
Vacations help to give you the opportunity to get away from the usual routine, you’ll meet new people, eat new food, sleep differently and more. It shakes everything up! You begin to see things differently, think outside the box, and allow yourself to try new things. Funny, how when I am home, I go to bed too late but I have noticed that on vacation I can finally start a new routine where I go to bed at a better and healthier time. I love all the time we get to spend outdoors during vacations. We played in the ocean every day!
5. YOU’LL COME BACK INSPIRED
When you give yourself the chance to relax, you open other creative parts of your brain that you may not be using on a daily basis. Bring back inspiration (and perhaps some new ideas) when you return to reality. As you’re laying on the beach, you may envision and manifest your business’ future. This is essential, yet sometimes difficult during the daily grind. Vacations let you think to yourself for uninterrupted periods of time. When you allow yourself the opportunity to think about something else other than your daily routines commitments, you open your mind up to new possibilities. I love sitting on the beach or a gorgeous deck thinking about what do I want the next year to look like and what am I going to do differently. I also get to read more on vacation because it is such a great escape into another world.
It is vital you start changing your perception about taking time off from work to vacation. Reverse your logic and tendencies to perceive a vacation as indulging in life, but rather, focus on the benefits vacationing can offer you for your general overall happiness and your business will be more likely to thrive too!
These important vacation tips are yours to share with your team! I hope that it helps you recharge and helps your business flourish. Do you have a vacation tip you want to share? Post it in the comments below!