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Make that holiday happen

If you are a business owner, you’ll know that the more stressed out you are, the more you need a holiday and the less easy it is to make the time.  Here are a few tips to help you plan a holiday and make the most of it:

  • Put systems in place.  If you write down your procedures and practices and ensure your team are following them, you can lie on the beach without worrying.  The earlier you put systems in place within your business, the earlier you will reap the benefits.
  • Plan.  Use your most productive time of day to plan your holiday.  Don’t try and do it once you get home, after the kids are in bed.  Put aside 30 minutes each working day to really plan your holiday and book airfares and accommodation.  You’ll have less risk of booking incorrect dates and times and your holiday will be more cohesive.
  • Rethink how you use your time.  If you spend your working day rushing from A to B, book a holiday that involves lying in one place.  If you spend your work week on a wheelie chair in front of a monitor, go somewhere with plenty of places to walk and explore.  Make sure your holiday is a real break from reality – not just the same behaviors moved to a different location.
  • Shut off.  Leave your mobile and laptop behind and don’t check your emails.  Holiday like it’s 1989 – if you are away from the office, you are out of contact.  If it’s an emergency, your team can call the hotel, but do not give any way to contact you directly.