Holiday season is approaching and you should be planning your vacation. As an entrepreneur, you should allow yourself to get away for a week or more on a nice summer holiday. One reason is to reset and rest for more than a few hours at the time. It’s a perfect opportunity to get some well needed sleep you have been depriving your body from.
Most of the entrepreneurs I know work every day – and most more than 10 hours a day. This is great because they do what they love and most of the time it doesn’t feel like work. Even so, we all need a few days to catch up on a few things we keep postponing. One of them is probably sleep. Sometimes it feels like the least important thing on our “To do” list, but it shouldn’t be.
There might be a few reasons why you don’t sleep enough or sleep well.
1. You are exhausted and in a rush to fall asleep since you know you will have to get back up early again.
2. You have too much on your mind and you cannot stop brainstorming, organizing and creating.
3. My favorite, your brain is tired from sitting all day and working hard, but your body wants action.
All of these are possible reasons and you might recognize yourself in one of them, but one thing they all have in common is satisfaction. Allow me to explain. If you get to bed satisfied with your day, or with clean conscious like most people say, you will be more likely to fall asleep. This is an individual thought and there is no recipe that fits all. You are the one to figure out what makes you satisfied.
Are you ready to experiment a bit this vacation? If you would like to get some sleep on your beach holiday and continue with that as you return back to work, there are a few things you can try.
The very first and the most important one is to re-evaluate your purpose. What is it you are really after? Are you going in a direction you envisioned? It could be that you got off track, willingly or not, but you are not the happiest entrepreneur because of that. We have all been there, so it is important to sometimes take a moment and question yourself, your principles and redefine your vision.
Another area that some entrepreneurs are struggling with is delegation. This is maybe why you don’t have enough time to sleep. Are you hoarding tasks, not allowing anyone else to help out? It could be that you have to work on delegating some tasks to your team members. If you don’t trust your team to help you move toward the company vision, you might want to rethink your strategy. You shouldn’t be holding all the pieces of the puzzle. On the other hand, if you are a sole-preneur and you have so much work that you cannot physically manage, it could be the time to get someone on board.
The last, but certainly not the least is the feeling of being trapped in your own body. You might feel like your brain is tired, not wanting to analyse, organize and brainstorm anymore but it is certainly not tired to go for a run, ride a bike or swim. If you are considering going for an active holiday, it might just be what you needed to bring that satisfaction to another level.
Have you detected why you cannot sleep (well)?
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