Sitting on the Beach is Good for Business

by Joe Lavelle on October 4, 2011

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When you run your own business, it can be difficult to make the decision to go on vacation.  When is the right time to leave the client emails, the potential business partners, and the marketing efforts behind for a week or two and just take some time to relax?  Entrepreneurs carry a lot of personal and emotional investment in the companies they create and want to be connected for every moment.  But, some of the most successful business leaders in the world today recently spoke out and reminded all of us that taking time to recharge our batteries is not only recommended but will make us more effective when we return to the office.

Global business leader Sir Richard Branson mentioned the need to lead a balanced life and laments the lack of vacation time allowed in most American businesses.  Offering one exception to this standard, Bob Parsons, CEO of The Go Daddy Group, gives his employees three weeks off their first year of work and this count increases as their tenure with the company lengthens.

What comes to your mind when you think about completely unplugging from your professional world?  Does the idea of a few days without your phone and internet sound appealing, or cause you to panic?  With the expectation of 24/7 availability that we all seem to have for one another these days, can we really “go off the grid” for a while?

Summer may be over, but if you haven’t taken a vacation yet, it’s not too late to think about it.  You don’t have to go anywhere exotic or even to another state.  Just stay home for a few days and take naps, play with your kids, and watch some mindless television or read a good book.  Hopefully, you will find this time of disconnect to be rejuvenating.

What was your last vacation like?  Did you really unplug, or were you still answering emails on your Blackberry?  If you were able to cut off your communication with work, how did you feel when you came back to the office?

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