My last blog post was about separating your work from home life from your personal home life. That includes going on vacation.
This article was inspired by what I did last week when I took my family to Denver on vacation. I guess you can say I didn’t practice what I preach. I found myself still getting up at 6 am, getting my cup of coffee and sitting down in front of my laptop.
A vacation means taking a break to rest and recharge. It means getting away from your everyday life. But with today’s technology, most people feel they need to be available at all times. I’m not saying you can’t check your emails once in a while, but when you’re constantly checking in, you have a problem.
With that in mind, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t work while on vacation.
1. You earned it
When you worked for an employer, you got paid vacation time right? You couldn’t wait to take it. Did you do any work then? Probably not. Why should it be different now?
You’ve worked hard starting and growing your business. You’ve sacrificed a lot to get where you are. Believe it or not, your family has also. Don’t take the value of your time for granted. You’ve put in the time, now treat yourself and enjoy the fruits or your labor.
2. You’ll be healthier
Taking time off will make you happier and healthier. Taking a break will reduce stress, which can lead to mental and physical problems.
Rest, relaxation and reducing stress are important for your well-being and health.
3. You deserve a life outside of work
You started a home business for a reason, to have a better life, to spend more time with your family. A Vacation allows you to do that.
You’re not taking a vacation just to relax. You’re taking a vacation to see places you’ve never seen before. You’re spending time with your family. You’re starting a new adventure. You might be starting a new hobby. You’re doing something that makes you happy.
4. You may solve a stubborn problem
Has a problem come up you can’t find a solution for?
Have you hit a roadblock on a project?
Taking time off could help you find a solution. Lots of times we have that “I got it!” moment and it usually comes when you’re well rested or doing something you enjoy doing.
5. You’ll be more productive when you get back
Taking vacation time will make you more productive when you return back to work.
“There is a lot of research that says we have a limited pool of cognitive resources,” Allison Gabriel, an assistant professor of management at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Entrepreneur. “When you are constantly draining your resources, you are not being as productive as you can be. If you get depleted, we see performance decline. You’re able to persist less and have trouble solving tasks.”
Do you have other reasons why you shouldn’t work while on vacation? Write a comment below about it.
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