Scheduling time off in our business

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As entrepreneurs, taking time off often feels controversial. 

Let’s face it, there’s always another product we could be launching, an event we should be attending, a sales quota that needs meeting. The list goes on…

Before we know it, months have passed and we haven’t given ourselves a second to breathe. We feel stressed, we feel overwhelmed and the people in our lives are left reeling in our burnout. 

It’s all a little backward, isn’t it? 

I mean, half the reason we bid farewell to our 9-5 job was to create our own schedule. We wanted to be our own bosses and give ourselves the space we needed in our business. In a quest for freedom, we wanted our lives back. 

What’s held so many of us back is the inclination that time off is a bad thing — you know, like a risky move for the business we’ve worked so hard to create.

We worry that our sales will plummet. We stress that our team will be clueless when absent from our guidance. We worry that our customers won’t understand our need to step away—even for a day or two. 

In reality, the fact of the matter is simple: everything is going to be fine. 

The first step toward taking time off is understanding that our business will survive without us. When we come to terms with this fact, stepping away from our business doesn’t feel so detrimental. It might even feel a little…joyful? 

We recently hosted an entire panel discussion dedicated to this topic. During this panel, we spoke with three Sale-A-Day Membership+ members who have made a solid commitment to scheduling time off. 

In attempt to bask in their liberty, we asked them one very important question:  

How do you resist the urge to fill your calendar and actually commit to taking time off? 

Let’s see what they have to say. 

Meet Thomas 

Thomas lives in Germany. 

Thomas loves to dive deep into the world of human connection. In both his workshops and his membership, he helps his clients learn how to live more peaceful and joyful lives. He loves taking time off to disconnect, explore nature, and spend time in the forest. 

Up until a year ago, Thomas felt stuck and stressed in his career path. He was exhausted, overworked, and he felt uninspired in his work. He know something had to change; prioritizing his mental health become imperative. 

Thomas’ advice on taking time off

Ask yourself: what am I actually doing during my working hours? 

The reality is simple: most people can only be productive for four hours of each day—and that’s perfectly acceptable. We need to retrain our working brains to understand that we don’t need to be working eight hours a day, five days a week. 

Rather than forcing your brain to work during your unproductive hours, why not take a break and give your mind a rest? More often than not, that break is going to serve your task/project even better than forced productivity.

“When I take the unproductive time off and enjoy myself, it’s serving my business much more than just sitting there, stressed and burning energy.”

When you do have a burst of energy, channel that energy into deep work on your current task/project. 

Next up, meet Kelly 

Kelly lives in the sunny paradise of San Diego. 

In her business, Positive Women Rock, Kelly takes women over 40 from stuck and stressed to clear and confident about who they are, what they want, and how to get it. 

Kelly understands the positive correlation between “me time” and a healthy business. In fact, Kelly has spent years nurturing a business that she loves and scheduling consistent time off. 

If you really want to make an impression on your clients, you have to learn how to walk your own talk. 

Kelly’s advice on taking time off 

Make a point in scheduling your time off. 

You can mark it in your calendar, set an alarm on your phone, or cross off an entire day on your calendar for yourself — whatever it takes. You might even find stepping outside of your office to bring new opportunities into your business…

“The more I go out of my office, the more business I get.”

It’s also important to understand that taking time off may feel uncomfortable at first. If it’s been a while since you’ve given yourself permission to relax, you may have to train your brain how to function outside of work. 

Meet Anthony 

Anthony lives in New York City. 

As a career satisfaction coach, Anthony teaches his clients how to land careers where they can show up as their best selves. He loves to dive deep into the notion of self-love and explore the age-old question of “what's enough in business and in life?” 

Recently, Anthony’s been giving himself permission to step away from work; put himself first, and prioritize the things in his life that are truly important. 

Anthony’s advice on taking time off 

Taking time off in your business isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. It’s not always about traveling the world, working four days a week, and not being tied to our laptops. 

Sometimes we need to take time off from our business because we simply don’t have the capacity to work. When life gets complicated, channeling time and attention to our business just isn’t always a priority. 

“I have to make very conscious choices on what I spend my time doing.” 

If you’re in a season of grief or hardship, it’s okay to hit the pause button on some aspects of your business — we need to learn how to take our work off its societal pedestal. 

Sometimes doing the bare minimum in our business is the most we can do—and that’s perfectly okay. Our business will still stand even after taking time off and prioritizing our mental health. 

Putting ourselves ahead of our business doesn't always feel natural. 

But when we learn how to prioritize ourselves and still show up for our business, we can begin to build a business that feels good.