Are you ready to go on holiday?
It is soon time for your summer holiday. Do you know where you’re going?
If you decided not to go on holiday because you think you’re too busy and you can’t afford to leave your business alone for a few days, think again.
We all need a holiday from time to time to get our heads out of business and to recharge our batteries.
The one thing you don’t want is to return and be straight back into stress mode, regretting every day you took off.
So what can you do not to fall into this trap?
Start with asking yourself:
1. What are the biggest stress factors I am currently dealing with, and why?
2. What would need to change in my business, the way I work, my skills and expertise to avoid having this stress?
Put it down on paper and try not to judge too much.
Let’s take a few examples:
You identified that communication in your team is one core issues for stress. One thing that could improve this is learning how to communicate. Researching how others are doing it and what could work for your team. You can now download some videos or eBooks about this subject and engage with it all during your holiday. Just give yourself an hour a day to get better at it and learn new skills. You can do all this while lying on the beach or pool or trekking the mountains listening to audible books.
When you return you will have the knowledge and ideas what needs to change, you can discuss it with your team and put it in practice.
If you struggle to find the future business model for your company, take the opportunity to study businesses in the area of your holiday location. Find out what and how local businesses do it. Try to guess the core business model. Because it is not your company, you’re less biased and more open to possibilities. If you do this with a few businesses you will gain a very different perspective, and I am sure you will find the twist you need to design your business model.
Once you identified new ways of structuring your business model, you can put all this in action once you return and start testing the field.
If you don’t seem to find time for your personal development, like sport or meditation, the holiday is the best time to get started. You’re out of your daily routine anyway. So why not get up early, go to a quiet spot and start with some guided meditation. Or go for a run on the beach every morning and start the day with real relaxing action.
Once you’ve set yourself a goal for your holiday and outlined the things you’re going to learn or do, you’ve given yourself the “why” for your holiday, and when you return, you can put everything learned into action and continue with everything you started.
For me, this summer is going to be a great learning exercise. I have already identified the core area I struggle with most and I just set-up my project “My Business Holiday”. In this project, I recognise the core issues and the steps I want to take to become better at it and improve. I am keeping in mind that this is a holiday and chilling or sport is on the cards. But who says I can’t bring those together. Having lots of fun and learn at the same time.
How about you?
What are your holiday plans?