If you ever got to look at my calendar, you would see I have two. The first contains all the booked meetings/appointments. The other contains my ideal week.
If I only had the booking calendar open, you wouldn’t understand how I manage my time. If you saw the ideal week calendar, you would get a good image of how I manage my week. Monday’s are admin mornings/coffee date afternoons. Tuesdays/Thursdays are networking and client days. Wednesdays are for marketing and content development. Friday is buffer and personal development day.
This is a guideline, and depending on my commitments and the goals I’m trying to achieve, this can change.
However, what happens when I take time away from my business?
I have a vacation planned for October. Ten days of relaxing and exploring a place I’ve never been. How do I manage that? Do I still follow my ideal week? No. Depending on why I’m taking time away from my business will depend on how my week will look, but I don’t follow my regular ideal week.
But to take that time away does mean some advanced planning and modifications to my average ideal week leading up to the vacation.
Today, I will share my process for getting ready to take time away.
You love what you do, right? So why do you need to take time away from what you love? Especially if taking that time feels overwhelming and stressful.
Taking time away can be the best thing you can do for yourself and your business. It may also be necessary.
It could be that a loved one needs you for a short period, or maybe you need recovery time for your health. Planning for this time away may be stressful beforehand, but it will help when your focus is elsewhere.
You may be taking time away to attend a conference or training. This will help you grow, give you new ideas, network, and more. This reason for taking time away is both good for you and your business.
You may also be taking time off to recharge. We are human, after all. We all need a break. When you return from your break/vacation, you will be refreshed with more energy and a fresh perspective for your business.
Regardless of the reason, you don’t want to be working or stressing about everything when you are away. This is where the following strategies come in.
The best part is that these strategies will help you identify what is essential/impactful to your business and what is not. It might help you eliminate some waste in your day-to-day business.
The first step is to get clear about what needs to be done.
With your lists, you are ready for the next step: plan ahead.
I find it easier to plan based on the lists I created.
In addition to the above, I do a couple of other things to make my life easier both before and during my trip. The first is to create and turn on my out-of-office email right away. I do this, so It’s one less thing I need to do in the few days before leaving.
I also ensure the person I am traveling with knows what I will still have to do/be responsible for while I’m away. If they are also a business owner, they get it. But if they are not, advanced notice can go a long way to ensure things go smoothly.
Finally, remember, as much as we plan, life happens. So, be ready to change plans as needed.
The last thing I want while away is to realize I forgot something. This is why preparing/planning for office away from the office is important.
As I work through my lists, I keep track of the things I will need while I’m. If I can, I prepare/pack them ahead of time. Consider
This step is so important but one that we tend to miss.
When you go away, for whatever reason, you must give yourself permission to do things differently. Give yourself permission to:
You may feel guilt until you give yourself permission to do things you don’t normally do. This permission piece can be used in many different ways.
For example, when I have some free time on the weekend, I struggle to relax. I often think of the other things I could be doing. I could review content, prepare social media posts, or restock wood. But then, I take a deep breath, check in with what I need, and often permit myself to take a break. To enjoy the sun and go for a swim.
This is the exact process I will be kicking off next week as I plan and prepare for my getaway about a month from now.
I would love to know what you do when you take time from your business. What will you adopt going forward if you didn’t have a process?
Sometimes when we take a break, we may find that solutions then present themselves. Catherine Pulsifer
Sometimes when we take a break, we may find that solutions then present themselves.
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