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Just How Long Has It Been?

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Raise your hand if you can remember the last time you took a full week off (or even a full day off) from your business/work and didn’t think about it.

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I’m not talking about having an idea pop into your mind as you’re doing something else. That’s completely normal. You could easily just jot it down on a notepad or add it to a Trello board, then keep going about your day. 

I’m talking about a full break from tweaking your website, responding to emails or diving into your analytics to see if you’re making money while you take time off. 

If you raised your hand, you are 100% obligated to put your secret in the comments!

For those of you who can’t remember, it’s time to really think about it: just how long HAS it been since you took a completely work-free vacation or day off? 

Let’s Discuss. 

You Are (Always) Here

Technology runs our lives and puts everything at our fingertips. Sadly, it can make us feel as if we’re tethered to work stuff nonstop. You pop onto your phone to take a picture. Curiosity strikes.. aaaand you end up clicking around your work apps.

Whether intentional or not, work addiction is real. Even if you have a 9-5, you might feel the call of your work email, regardless of where you are in the world or how relaxed you feel.

Are you an online worker or entrepreneur? The temptation to just “check in” with work will be a struggle in your mind when you have idle time.. in an airport, on a plane, waiting for room service, relaxing by a pool.

But You Need to Be Here

You might not want to, but at times, it feels like you should because your phone connects you to everything you need. It almost feels shameful to ignore it.

Time off stretches a bit longer than regular down time or just weekends off. It could be 3 days, a week or more.. but they’re VITAL for your work-life balance. You need that break to clear your mind from the work stress that clutters your mind.

The post-vacation goal is to feel refreshed and invigorated when you return, not feeling like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation.

This isn’t just about giving up work for a time. You need to step away from your personal responsibilities once in a while too. If you’re feeling stuck looking at the same four walls on a daily basis, you need a break where your daily responsibilities can fall to the side. 

Don't Break the Bank

You don’t have to blow your entire savings on a trip. By all means, if you can afford five star hotels and restaurants, go for it! For the rest of us broke-brokes, it might be a good idea to put some money aside and save up for a little getaway that won’t break the bank.

Ask around and see if anyone knows of any budget-friendly locations.

Some Suggestions

Go camping somewhere quiet with incredible views of the sunset.

Take a road trip and stay at a bed & breakfast.

Search the area for free or discounted activities.

You know those coupon books that your local PTA asks you to buy every year? Invest in one. They are SO worth it! Every book supplier has editions for other states and/or destinations. Choose one for the area you want to visit. Plan your trips accordingly. 

The Bottom Line: 

Taking time off of work and your typical home life (even a night out or staycation) is a great way to recharge and renew so that you’re the best at everything you do. 

Taking that break will be the key to being able to give your all to your work and avoid burnout. 

Best of Luck! 

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