Tips for better entrepreneurship: how to have a vacation.

  • Setting up your own business can be tough, but that does not mean you cannot rest. Today, we discover for you some tricks to have a vacation being an entrepreneur.

  • Does it happen to you? Do you feel very stress when you see how family vacations are near? Are you also one of those who look at the calendar and realize that this year they will not have a rest again

    Well, that cannot be: vacations are essential to keep sane, being motivated and productive (and even more so this year, because of coronavirus and lockdown). 

    In this post we are going to give you some guidelines so that you can organize yourself better and you can have that well-deserved rest you have earned after so many working very hard. 
  • How to have vacations

  • In this same blog, we have talked to you before about self-care as key of healthy entrepreneurship and how it helps us keep well and safe from frustration and dissatisfaction. 

    One of the most important parts of that self-care is being able to disconnect. Weekends are important, but vacations help us in a deeper way

    When we rest, we recover perspective, stress is reduced and we see more clearly what we have to do when we get back to work

    In addition, vacations restore emotional balance and remind us of the reasons that led us to undertake (we always seek a higher quality of life, right?). 
  • #1 – Keep the dates in advance

  • Planning is the best ally of the entrepreneur who wants to go on vacation. The business is not going to stop because you decide and, obviously, there are tasks that have to get done, no matter what

    In that case, it is best to anticipate and make a little more effort during the previous weeks. Assuming a little more daily work, you will be freeing days in that vacation period that you had planned. 
  • The advice is to prioritize. Do only what you consider really essential. Do not try to get the two-month job done in 15 days. Trust me, not everything you do is essential: customers and suppliers are more understanding than you think about this. 
  • #2 – Split your vacations

  • Having your business closed during a fortnight on vacation scares you? Maybe. Also, you know yourself well and you know you will not be able to forget about your computer for so many consecutive days. 

    The solution is very simple: split your vacation into two weeks. You can take one in July and one in August, so you will not be overloaded so much to cover the basic. Also, it will be more bearable, but without stopping disconnecting

    In fact, for many people the fact of having a rest (which in this case is the double) is very motivating
  • #3 – Divide the weeks

  • This is another good solution that has a great impact on the long-yearned disconnection. It is probably because of your type of work it is impossible to close a full week. Deadlines, deliveries, orders … 

    In this case, what we recommend is that you concentrate all the work in the first three days. If you get all the work done between Monday and Wednesday, the feeling will be like having a long weekend every week stretching on the break. 
  • #4 – Work a couple of hours everyday

  • Okay, but your job does not really allow you to stop not one single day. The first thing is that you think about it because it surely is not quite like that. 
    However, if once you did that, you are still sure of this, you have to find a solution

    Spending a few hours a day (including weekends) working really works for some people. You get up a little early and you have the whole day for yourself with the peace of mind of knowing that everything is under control

    You are not going to rest the same, but if there is no other choice it can be a good measure
  • #5 –Delegate

  • Learning how to delegate is not easy, but when you manage to have someone you trust who knows how to solve everyday issues, the truth is that it changes your life. Especially on vacation

    Not everyone can do that. You will have to be very clear in the procedures and methodology. The more involved that person is in the company and the more knowledge he or she has, the more decisive he or she will be. 
  • It is worthwhile making clear which cases that person should contact you and in which not. There may be a crisis that really requires your intervention, but there are multiple situations that are far from critical. If you are wondering how to have a vacation by delegating, that is one of the real red lines. 
  • What about you, how do you organize yourself to have a few days off? How do you have vacations? Tell us the way you work so that you can stop for a few days.

  • Images | Unsplash.

Miguel Nicolás

Miguel Nicolás O'Shea is a life-long copywriter (more than 15 years working in agencies) and a specialist in Search Marketing (SEO and PPC). From now on, he will contribute with his online marketing experience to Oleoshop, publishing regularly.

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