This week, I’m on a 10 day long trip with my guy along the west coast filled with family trips and camping. Prepping to leave has involved more than just packing and trying to think about all the little things you need when in the great outdoors that you don’t have at home. Most of this has been about my business, how to give clients what they need while I’m gone, keeping a posting schedule, and whether or not to start that new business course or not. I’m looking forward to removing myself from the noise, hopefully to return with a clearer picture of who I am and how that helps people.
Sadly, I sometimes fall into the trap of wishing that I weren’t going anywhere at all because there is SO MUCH TO DO. What if I’m not there when someone reaches out about a new project, or someone posts a question I have the exact right answer to and I miss the chance to be super helpful, or I REALLY need to finish that opt-in offer that I know people will love and get value from? This is my first year as a freelancer, and the amount of information we are fed everyday can lead to more confusion than clarity.
These are all a bit ridiculous but it happens to most of us. The truth is, removing yourself from what you do only makes you better. It reminds you of who you are, strengthens your problem solving skills and makes you a better entrepreneur. Just ask Richard Branson. You will get better results when you are given the freedom to come up with better solutions. This goes double for those of us who are in charge of our time.
I want to remind all of you that own a small business, are starting something online, or are freelancing your services to schedule time off.
Even if it’s just for a day a week but remember that extended time out in the world or doing a hobby you love does more for your business growth than grinding away day after day after day. We quit working for other people to get away from this outdated model, so I encourage you to come up with a productivity system that works for you, like the 52:17 Method and get the work done in a timely manner.
Blaze your trail with a more enlightened approach. In the end you will only be as good as how much you take care of yourself and allow the human in you to wander and play.