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Taking the Day Off to Relax and Rejuvenate

Being an entrepreneur isn’t like having a 9-5 job. There are no hump days, or sick days and sometimes there aren’t even weekends. Owning a business often means you are in charge of everything. I’m even going out on a limb to say that sometimes business owners don’t even schedule days off.

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I’ve owned my business for over twenty-five years and yes, I can work too many days without taking time off. Recently I’ve had the realization that all work and no play makes me sluggish, cranky and unmotivated – traits that aren’t conducive to running a successful business or being a happy healthy entrepreneur.

This past July 4th (a holiday in the United States) I took a “guilt-free” day off. It was like having a mini-vacation. I watched the complete first season of the television series Bones on DVD and I made potato salad and fried chicken for lunch. That’s it – that was my day. It was fun because I didn’t play mind games with myself – I didn’t worry about unopened emails or writing blog posts – I physically, emotionally and mentally took the day off.

I planned my day off ahead of time. Here’s what I did:

1. I marked the day off on my calendar and consciously decided NOT to plan anything that wasn’t fun and relaxing. I made a commitment to myself to emotionally and physically enjoy the day.

2. I let those close to me know I had plans and wouldn’t be available. Sometimes friends, clients and family have a difficult time honoring my days off.

3. Two weeks ahead of time I purchased the DVD of Bones. When it arrived I placed the wrapped DVD in my office where I could see it every day. It was my motivation for getting my work completed.

4. Together my husband and I planned the day off. We knew and honored each other’s plans.

5. The morning of July 4th I opened my new DVD and excitedly began watching my day long Bones marathon. I happily got up early to make potato salad and prepare the chicken – even preparing chicken felt like fun. Why? Because my attitude was different – it was my day off.

Does this make sense? I gave myself permission to relax. I planned my day off as if I were going on vacation and in a way it was a vacation. It felt great to totally relax!

I’m writing this post on July 5th and I’m ready to start my day. My to-do list is prepared and I’m motivated to get things done because I am refreshed and rejuvenated.

When will you plan your guilt-free day of relaxation?
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  • Tricia July 11, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Good for you Sharon! Even Business Divas like you need to be “human be-ings”, not “humans doing”!

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