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Learning to take a break

I think one of the hardest things about running your own business is knowing when to take a break, and what taking a break can actually mean for your wellbeing.

The past year has been pretty intense, I’ve had a whole two days off in the past 12 months, which writing that down now is absolute madness. I, personally, find it very hard to take a break when I know there is work to be done. I have no shame in admitting that I am a hardcore workaholic, there is nothing I love more than keeping my mind active and purposefully working towards a goal. Alas, I’m starting to realise the importance of taking a break every once in a while.

I’m not talking about discovering anything radical or making changes that will alter the space-time continuum.

Lucy and I just spent the weekend in Guernsey to see her parents before they make the big move to blighty. It took me by surprise how much my body needed the break, but also my mind. It’s amazing that as soon as you take your mind off those day-to-day jobs your thoughts are freed and you begin to see things from a different and refreshed perspective. I began to see clarity on a few things that have been holding my business, and me personally, back from making progress.

I’m not talking about discovering anything radical or making changes that will alter the space-time continuum. I’m talking about little things that have been pushed onto the backburner all too many times and have slowly amounted into an issue that won’t budge. But the two days I actually took off from work allowed me to see with a little more clarity. Understanding the simple tasks ahead of me that will help change my productivity for the better. Little tasks that will enable operations to be smoother and more efficient.

What are your thoughts about taking a break? Do you break frequently from work for weekends away or holidays? What do you find you learn most from those breaks?