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Should You Take a Working Vacation?

If you’re like my husband, you don’t go on any vacation without your laptop and Wi-Fi. He finds it hard to shut off when we travel, which sometimes makes me crazy. After all, I live for those days or weeks when I can turn off my work life and recharge with my family.

Should You Take a Working Vacation?

So who has the right attitude? My workaholic husband, or me, the happy-go-lucky vacationer?

While I’d like to say I’m the right one (I always am), I have to admit: it depends. Not every business is one that can be shuttered for a few weeks while you frolic on the beach. And not every business owner is comfortable leaving her company in the hands of others. Sometimes a working vacation is in order.

Here’s what you should consider before deciding what’s right for you.

How to Take Time Off Without Stressing Over Your Small Business

If you’re like 1/3 of small business owners, you’ll take time off this summer. But if you’re like me, that doesn’t mean you can completely shut off from your business. Even if there’s someone else running the show, as a business owner, you probably find it hard to not worry about your business.

It's breathtaking!  

Small Business Expert, Mike Pugh, offers the following tips to help you maximize your relaxation time, and if you have to do a little work on the beach, how to prioritize your communication while on the beach:

Let People Know You’re Out Catching Rays  Set up an automatic email response or update your voicemail greeting with a vacation memo. If people don’t know you’re on vacation, chances are they’ll keep on hounding you or feel offended that you haven’t returned an email or call. Simply letting people know you’re out is one of the best ways to cut yourself some slack and enjoy your time off.

Giving Yourself a Break and Take a Vacation

My eight-year-old is in year ’round school, so he gets all of April for Spring Break. Yea. A month. I know.

The first few years, I struggled to retain my status as Cool Mom and take him to every museum and theme park in San Diego,  while struggling to get all my business work done. It was hard. But since then, I’ve learned to relax, shift around my schedule, and—gasp—go on vacation.

Giving Yourself a Break

Why Are We So Hard on Ourselves?

I realized recently that we, or at least I, are our biggest critics as entrepreneurs. We think we have to work harder than we sometimes need to. We’re reluctant to take off an hour or day in case some catastrophe happens. But usually, it doesn’t. That’s why I have a light schedule all of April each year. And guess what? There are never any marketing emergencies when I go on vacation to the beach enjoying family time!

Find the Space  You Need

I know people who never take off. Even when they go on vacation, they’re right there with their laptop.

For me, my light month of work happens because I do a lot of blogging in March to cover what I’d normally be writing in April. It means doubling up on work for a few weeks, but the reward is that I hardly have to do any work this month. It feels a little like cheating!

How to Look Like You’re Working When You’re On Vacation

If you’re like me, it’s hard for you to shut down shop to go on vacation. You sneak a peek at your email now and then, or work from your hotel room. But not this time. This very moment, I’m exploring the green grasses of Ireland with my mother. But you wouldn’t know it.

How to Look Like You're Working When You're On Vacation

First, let me make the case for completely unplugging from work. I run a very small company, so pretty much nothing happens if I’m not working, though I do have a writer who continues to work while I’m gallivanting across the UK. But when I’m too much in my business, I’m not really helping it. I need to step back and have some space to continue to be a good President (it’s the same for parenting, but that’s another post).

So completely forgetting about my business for a week or two actually helps it grow.

An Entrepreneur Tangent: Why I Take a Vacation

Indulge me in the opportunity to stray from my usual commentary on marketing. My other passion is talking about entrepreneurship (I even wrote a book about it). As most of my readers are entrepreneurs, I would like to pose a question to you:

Why is it so hard for us to take a vacation?

An Entrepreneur Tangent

As loyal readers noticed, I was away last week on a well-deserved vacation. Everyone asks where I went. Nowhere, actually. My mother came to visit, and rather than trying to pretend I was fully functional as a business (answering phone calls and emails) I decided, gulp, to turn off my email and cover my phone so the blinking message light wouldn’t drive me crazy. I work from home, so completely leaving the office is never possible.

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