WORK-LIFE BALANCE / APR. 16, 2016
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3 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs to Take Vacation Time

Being the entrepreneur you are, you probably think that taking a vacation is out of the question for you. After all, there are too many things to be done when launching your very own startup and there isn’t enough time in a day as things are, let alone taking a vacation. But you need to ask yourself, is it wise to hold to this belief?

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The reality is that everyone needs a vacation on a regular basis because a vacation is the one time of the year where your brain is allowed to roam on its own free will, meaning that no matter how you will choose to spend your free time, you will have the chance to experience new things. Taking vacation time can benefit more than your mind however, it can also benefit your career and get you one step closer to success.

1. It Can Help Your Brain

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I’m certain that you will have noticed by now that work is really bad for the brain; sure work makes our brain work and it forces it into action, but when we are not working our brains are usually slower and they can’t perform any tasks where concentration or brain power is needed. This happens because our brains get exhausted when we work too much and in order to freshen up your mind you need to take some time off work.

Not only will your brain work like brand new after the vacation, but some time away can also help you get a new perspective on your work and it can even get you inspired for new things. As an entrepreneur you want to come up with new ideas constantly, you need to be able to reshape your vision every step of the way because this is how you’ll advance.

2. It Can Help Your Employees Become More Confident

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You probably have an inherent need to control everything as an entrepreneur but the reality is that this is very counterproductive. Not only because you want be giving your one hundred percent to everything that you do, but also because turning into a micromanager has never benefited any workplace and you don’t want your workplace to turn into a place where employees despise both you and the work that they do.

Going away can help your employees grow in confidence as they’ll be left in charge with carrying on without you and making decisions that will affect the future of the company. You may think that this is too much of a risk but if you don’t trust your employees they shouldn’t be there. Take a leap of faith and go on a vacation.

3. It Will Make the Office Culture More Positive

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A boss who never goes away is a boss that makes their employees feel like they should never go away. You may have noticed this in a smaller scale during lunch break. If you never take lunch breaks your employees probably don’t either. Most employees see their boss as their leader and they are too frighten to do anything that their boss wouldn’t do as they think they’d be judged or penalized for it. But it’s important to set the record straight for your employees and help them understand that non-work lives are encouraged. In fact, after-work activities, such as vacation time, should be encouraged as they make employees happier and more motivated to be in the workplace.

See Also: How to Take a Month Off to Travel

Taking vacation time might seem mad to you if you are entrepreneur but remember that you are allowed to enjoy life just as much as the next person and the more time you spent away from work, the more your motivation for work will increase.

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