Holidays. Remember those? Think back to last Christmas when the world was coronavirus free – and so were you.
Now people are extremely concerned about their jobs, businesses, and livelihoods following the grip coronavirus has on our country, and, in fact, the world.
We are working harder than ever and stress levels are through the roof, according to many health professionals.
This year you’ve also been busier than ever doing activities you never contemplated you’d be doing, such as homeschooling, being in isolation, and working from home.
The situation in Australia is improving and we are getting back to our “normal” lives, including getting out and about more, booking holidays, and taking a real break, away from work and your business.
Even if you feel like you can’t do this right now, studies show even planning a holiday can help you to relax and reduce your stress.
Fact: Researchers from the Netherlands found that the simple act of planning for a holiday led to a large boost in happiness and that happiness lasted for eight weeks. (Source: Skyscanner)
If an extensive holiday is not an option for you at the moment, take a mini-break or staycation in your city for just a few days. Your health will thank you for it.
Here are 7 reasons why you must take a break this Christmas:
- Reduce Stress
Stress and burnout can lead to physical illness. Before you get to that stage of ill health, take a break.
“We may experience feelings of inadequacy, simply due to feeling overwhelmed or uninspired by working too much – something that is preventable if breaks are taken.” That’s the word from Stephanie Lau, an educational and developmental psychologist.
- Look after your Health
Working too hard without taking breaks throughout the year can have severe consequences to your health.
Your health may have taken a back seat this year as you tried to keep up with the demand or worked hard to secure more cash flow in your business, but it’s time to put yourself first.
- Get Perspective and open yourself up to new Opportunities
When you are busy, opportunities can pass you by because you can’t see what is right in front of you, only what you have to get done.
Tunnel vision is real! This year has been very hard, there’s no denying that, so if you’d like a fresh start in 2021 start by taking a holiday and allow new opportunities to come into your life.
You never know what may be waiting for you.
- Get more Creative and Productive
If you have been aching to work on your business instead of in it, but coronavirus has had other ideas for you, taking a break can help you be more creative and productive, so when it comes time to work on your business again, you are ready and can create new ideas and actions to move your business forward for a better 2021.
- Plan out 2021
If you’ve been working hard this year chances are you are ready for a break and the thought of working on your business makes you cringe!
But once you have gone on a holiday – for a few days, a week, or a month – you will actually feel like working on your business as well.
This is where you can look at the 8 areas of business success and work on your business plan too.
The 8 key areas for business success include:
- Knowing your “why”
- Determining your vision and core values for the next 12 months
- Creating a budget, KPIs, and knowing your numbers
- Understanding your target market, ideal client, and value proposition
- Identifying your opportunities, vulnerabilities, and your most critical challenges
- Creating 12-month goals
- Creating a 90-day action plan
- Live more Freely and be Happier
Get back that taste of freedom! By taking a holiday, it will renew your dreams of freedom and allow you to live more freely, doing all the things you love. Just being on holiday helps you be happier. Think of your last holiday, how happy and carefree were you?
- Give Yourself more time with Loved Ones
A holiday can help improve your quality of life as you get to spend time with your loved ones, creating memories, laughing, and having fun today. Taking a break can also help you to understand what’s important to you.
Three rules to stick by when taking time off this Christmas:
- Don’t feel guilty – Many business owners may feel guilty about taking time out, especially if your business relies on you to make money. Remember, this is your time and you deserve it.
- Completely disconnect – Not taking a break from your business may also make you obsessive and therefore lead to feelings of anxiousness and overwhelm. Disconnect and detach are the keys here!
- Do what makes you happy – It’s your holiday so it’s important to do what makes you happy while you’re on it. If that means getting out in nature, shopping, eating, or having a sneaky glass of sav, do it.
You have earned this time, especially this year with everything that’s occurred. While you shouldn’t need a reason to take a break, if you do, just know that your good health depends on it.
After your holiday, plan your business for a Bumper 2021:
Making changes in business isn’t always easy, and chances are that you’ve already made many changes this year.
Sometimes, you don’t need to make changes, you just need to work on the core components of a business and get back to basics.
If you need a place to start, our 8-step framework for business success will help you with the key areas that need your attention.
You’ve had a holiday, now it’s time to plan your business for a bumper 2021.
This free guide discusses eight foundational points for building a successful business. You’ll discover why it’s essential to have a vision for your business, the importance of planning, the power of setting goals, and more.
Get our 8-step framework for success here!