Entrepreneur life is hard!!! Now that we’ve got that out of the way…. entrepreneur life is HARD! Just throwing that in there in case you didn’t get it. I will preface this by saying that I am not a full time entrepreneur. I am a “workpreneur” for the time being. I’ve never been a full time entrepreneur, so I can’t say which one is harder, but I imagine they are neck and neck.
As entrepreneurs, we are constantly on the go – constantly thinking, creating, marketing, and the list goes on. Many of us work ourselves until we have no more to give. We don’t take time to enjoy the fruits of our labor (if we have any… let’s be honest).
I’ve come to realize that there is so much value in time away from our day-to-day work.
- Avoid Burnout: The obvious benefit is that you avoid burnout. We aren’t made to work 28 hours a day 9 days a week. Vacation gives us time to reset and recharge. There is something about getting away from our every day setting that is refreshing. I talked about the importance of not operating at capacity in a recent video. We have to stop operating on E.
- Generate New Ideas: I get my best ideas while on the road. I wrote my most popular blog while sitting in my hotel room in London. I wrote another as I was snowboarding through Lake Tahoe. If you’re like me, you often feel stuck. Being around the same things and same people can be stifling. A change of scenery often sparks creativity.
- Expand your network: I have met the most amazing people while traveling. Many of whom because friends that have been able to assist me in my business. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, many entrepreneurs came to a stand-still in their business. All of their eggs were in the “Houston basket.” Depending on one location for all of your business is dangerous. Get out and meet new people. See how things operate in other places. I’m not saying that you should be working, but a little networking never hurt anyone.
- Treat Yourself: Whether you are an entrepreneur, workpreneur, mompreneur, solopreneur or any other type of “preneur,” it’s likely that you don’t make a habit of treating yourself. All work and no play makes for a pretty miserable life. What is the point of making the money if we don’t get to enjoy it.
My challenge for my fellow ‘preneurs is to make plans to treat yourself. Whether it’s a vacation, staycation or workcation – you deserve it!
There’s no reason that you shouldn’t give yourself the 5-star treatment from time to time!
As an entrepreneur, what do you do to recharge and reset?