The Entrepreneur’s Version of Vacation

July 26, 2015 Career, Health, Lifestyle

Being an entrepreneur often means you’re always working. Because, let’s be honest, the productivity of your business is usually 100% dependent on you.

This makes it SO easy to get sucked into working 24/7, forgetting to give yourself much needed breaks, and even a vacation! Taking time to rest and reflect is uber important no matter what stage of the entrepreneur game you’re in.

I know, you’re probably thinking, “If I stop, I’ll get behind or potentially lose money in the long run.” BUT just like it’s essential to rest after an intense workout, it’s just as important to rest between long hours of business building. Being intentional about doing great work, but also setting aside time to rest, have fun, and take mini-breaks is one of the keys to success. Trust me.

I’ve found that taking at least one restful moment everyday goes a long way. Throughout your 8, 10, or 12 hours of work, sprinkle in deep breaths, uplifting conversations, and a little stretching–anything that gives you a chance to recharge.

My favorite thing? Calling a friend who makes me laugh. Since I’m such a verbal processor, sitting in front of the computer all day can feel totally isolating. So I always create space for little chats with people who help lift my energy, boost my mood, or give me a giggle. I find that the moment I hang up the phone, I feel re-inspired to create great work.

My second favorite thing? Naps. I never used to take them, but sometimes I feel so exhausted by my to-do list, the only thing left to do is dive into my bed and close my eyes. I’ve found that taking a 20-60 minute nap alleviates stress and fatigue every time; I always wake up feeling rested and ready to get to work.

My fancy favorite thing? Investing in affordable weekend getaways with girlfriends. Over the years, I’ve gone to Woodstock with my friend Rachel and taken a road trip up to Vermont with 20 awesome, lady entrepreneurs. I even took a week long vacation to visit my friend Sarah in San Francisco using my airline miles. And earlier this month, me and two of my bestie entrepreneurs went to Mexico for 4 days (pictured above, and also posted on Instagram). These simple, mini vacations not only force me to step away from the computer, get back to nature, and reconnect with myself sans technology, but they also don’t break the bank!

Some of my best friends have used their entrepreneurial freedom creatively. Like my friend Kavita–she loves LA and lives there for about 50% of the year. But her homebase is in New York. This bi-coastal set up almost feels like a vacation for her in and of itself. Her mindset is refreshed when she’s in this new environment, allowing her to create from a brand new point of view.

Whether you’re just starting out or your business is skyrocketing, remember to create space for yourself to just be, breath, and reconnect with the present moment. Plan a fun getaway or local adventure. Get creative with your location freedom. Do whatever feels good so that you always create from a place of power and ease.

Are you an entrepreneur or super busy professional? How do you get R&R amidst your busy work lifestyle? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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