One of the most important things you can do to ensure continued growth in your business is to take time out of your business.
This is the key that so many business women are missing out on.
We sometimes feel like we have to be superwoman, and we have to do it all.
We have to be the first to start, and the last to leave. We have to take care of our kids, our spouse, and then everyone else around us.
Very quickly the responsibilities and the mental strain starts building up.
We have hundreds of commitments all pulling us in different directions, and often times we can’t even imagine a time where this will ever end.
Even writing this feels exhausting!
In no time at all you find yourself burnt out, uninspired, and struggling through each week promising every Monday that it will all be better, every puzzle piece will suddenly fall into place if you “can just make it through this week”.
But we all know that this is a cycle and we need to break the cycle in order to truly be able to have it all.
I have also fallen prey to this cycle before, and I remember being so exhausted that I couldn’t even sit on the couch and make it through a movie with my (at the time) young children.
I knew something had to change.
This work-aholic and 24/7 hustle was not the legacy or lifestyle I wanted my kids to adopt as they grew up.
And there were a few key realisations that helped me learn that downtime was necessary, and not as unattainable as I first thought.
Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up. After you take time off, you come back energised and ready to finally tackle those things that had been sitting in the uninspired list for so long. These are also usually the tasks that end up making the biggest impact in the growth of your business.
The people around you are capable. If you have a team working around you, more likely than not they will be able to survive a few days or even a few weeks without you in the business.
If your business is totally reliant on you, then you are building a job not a business. Your business should never be entirely reliant on only you. You should be in a position to delegate so that when you need to take downtime you can. If that currently isn’t a reality for you, then we need a plan in place to make it a reality as quickly as possible.
When was the last time you took time out?
Maybe you are overdue for a dose of recovery.