As entrepreneurs, we know in order to grow our businesses we have to work tirelessly, not only in the beginning, but always. And when we love what we do, it doesn’t seem like work. But this workaholic attitude is only cool when it is controlled. Excess can be dangerous, for your health and your business.
My recommendation: Take a break!
I’m not talking about taking a vacation for a week or so. I mean during your workweek, schedule a few minutes a day to just relax and clear your mind.
I know, the idea of having less time to do the work of a day can be a little stressful. But look at it in a positive way — it can make you focus on the real work that has to be done. Better efficiency.
Taking a break entails great benefits, and here are just a few of them:
1. Recover from work
The first benefit is the obvious one. Taking a break helps to regain strength and focus. I highly recommend taking a nap, maybe not every day but on those days when you are feeling more exhausted. In a few days you will feel the difference. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to read this article on napping.
2. Isolate the really important things to do
When you take a break, you can focus on what matters most. Analyze what’s best for your business and the tasks you have to do. Then after that little break you can focus on all those things, which makes you feel way more productive.
3. Remember things that you haven’t done
There are tasks that sometimes we forget to do, more often than you think. Maybe buy something, pay someone, send an email or even make a call at a certain hour. Taking a break helps clear your mind. It’s like when you go to bed at night and you remember everything you had to do, but without the inconvenience of “It’s already night!”
4. Keep in touch
Disconnected from all the work, you have the opportunity to make some calls or send a text to your friend you haven’t seen, to call your family or whoever you miss and want to check in with. Maintaining your relationships as an entrepreneur can be difficult, but it is essential to try to keep in touch with the people who have always been there for you.
5. Find new ideas
This happens to me a lot. It doesn’t matter if I’m taking a break or enjoying my weekend — there’s always a new idea that pops into my head. To be honest, it doesn’t always have something to do with work, but the few ideas that pop out have helped me change my business model and create more value to my customers. Taking a break allows your brain to generate new ideas, which can benefit your business a lot more than working non-stop.
Taking a break sounds counterproductive, but it really isn’t. It has great benefits for you (better health, focus and relationships) and your business (getting more work done, creating more value). The next time you’re working like there is no tomorrow and you feel a little sleepy or exhausted, remember these five benefits and don’t feel guilty after.
Cristopher Ramírez is a Mexican entrepreneur and small business investor, as well as a passionate writer in entrepreneurship and motivation articles for local papers, college magazines and the blog he funded.