6 Reasons Why You Should Take a Break (Right Now)

By the small business content developers at BizLaunch.com

Running a business is hard work, especially if you’re a solopreneur and do it all yourself. There’s a lot of pressure on you to get it all done, make customers happy, and take the trash out, to boot!

You might often run yourself ragged, trying to get everything done before you crash at night. Your family and personal life might even be suffering because you’re so dedicated to running your business.

If you need a reason to slow down and take a break, here are six. No more excuses.

  1. You’re Putting Your Health in Jeopardy

While there are ample benefits to being an entrepreneur, there are also many drawbacks, especially for your health. Without any downtime, you risk depression, anxiety, and a compromised immune system. What will you do if you are unable to work? It’s better to keep your health in check by taking breaks.

  1. It Can Wait Until Tomorrow

It feels like you’ve got to stay connected via phone and email after hours, but the truth is: it can wait. By being “always on,” you never recharge your battery, so to speak, and end up running yourself ragged. Believe me, your customers will be okay with waiting until office hours tomorrow.

  1. You’re Actually Less Productive The More You Do

Burning the midnight oil might seem like a glamorous solution to all the work you have to take care of, but it’s actually counterproductive. When you’re tired, it’s harder to focus, and you won’t get as much done as you would if you got a good night’s sleep.

  1. Time Off Will Do You Well

A vacation — even just a few days away from the office — can have an amazing impact on your ability to function as a business owner. Simply getting away from work can clear a fuzzy head and help you come back to work refreshed and ready to tackle the day’s problems.

  1. Your Business Can Operate Without You

This one’s tricky for solopreneurs, but it’s still true: if you take time off, your business will not crumble. If you have staff, train someone you trust to act on your behalf while you’re out. If you work with freelancers or have a virtual assistant, set up your vacation autoresponder and choose a point of contact for emergencies.

  1. It Makes You a Better Problem Solver

If you’ve ever had a nagging problem you just couldn’t figure out, getting out of the office and going for a walk could be the solution you were seeking. Simply having a change of scenery can shift your mindset and help you find answers to problems you couldn’t solve in your office.

By Andrew Patricio

September 16, 2015