This article first appeared on SHE Business
We have all heard the saying that we need to work ON the business and not IN it. If you take this concept a little further and take a break – that’s right, I mean get the hell out of your business for a short while, the result could be a dramatic explosion in productivity and growth.
Here are five reasons why.
1. Taking a break is good for your health
As much as you may love what you, your body needs time to relax and unwind. There are studies that show a holiday in a beautiful setting, like a beach or in nature can relieve tension and stress.
2. Step outside of your comfort zone
Have you noticed that when you travel to somewhere new and unfamiliar there is a feeling of freedom? It’s an opportunity for personal growth. There are no judgements from people who know you. You can just BE yourself. Your perspective expands. You tend to take risks you wouldn’t usually take. You make more of an effort to meet people, or strike up conversations. There is no doubt that when you return back to your business, you will bring a fresh approach, willingness and confidence to take calculated risks in your business.
3. Creativity flows
Taking a holiday allows your mind to take a break from the day-to-day challenges of your business. It’s an opportunity to reflect on your life and business. Your mind and body are open to creative energy when you are switched off and thinking about “nothing”. Keep a journal with you and allow your thoughts to flow freely. You’re only ever a moment away from an amazing idea, but you need to put yourself in a state to receive it. New stimuli, new faces, new experiences can definitely unleash your creativity.
4. Prolonged attention on regular tasks affects performance
There is an apparent connection between taking regular breaks and one’s level of productivity. Although it’s important to take short breaks throughout the day, it’s essential to take longer breaks to sustain productivity and relieve stress. In a study by the University of Illinois, Professor Alejandro Lleros suggests that the brain stops registering the senses i.e. sight, sound or feeling if that stimulus remains constant over time.
5. Connection with family and loved ones
Taking a break with your family and loved ones helps strengthen bonds, improves communication and gives you a chance to learn more about one another. There are studies that show that when parents take a holiday with their children, they learn new things about them and a stronger bond is formed. Taking time away from your business means giving time to your loved ones.
When was the last time you took a holiday? Take action now. Commit to take a holiday by the end of the year. Whether it’s a 3 – day weekend getaway or a longer holiday. Leave a comment below on your plans 🙂 Your business will thank you.0