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In rapidly growing companies, there is often much to do and little room for taking a long vacation — or even a short one. A steady increase in the number of your clients and employees means you are often the one to keep things moving on multiple fronts. Getting away for a week or even a few days may seem impossible.

While at first glance this next statement may seem counterintuitive, I have seen it proven time and time again: The most important thing you can do when you are incredibly busy is take a break. I’ve created what I call “The 24-Hour Vacation” as a way to deal with this common issue in fast-growing companies. Here are some tips for taking a quick break even during a busy time.

Go Away

It could be booking a hotel 10 minutes away from you, staying over at a friend’s house or going to a great little bed and breakfast you’ve been wanting to try that’s an hour or two away. The key is to get out of your normal routine and get out of your house. While relaxing at home can be wonderful, you need to use this time as a short but intense way to clear your head, and you can’t do that if you’re worried about all the household chores you need to get done or picking up the kids from practice. This is a 24-hour vacation from your life. Make arrangements for your pets and kids and go somewhere you can truly relax.

Unplug

We like to say we’re going to unplug — not check emails, not take any calls — but they keep creeping into our alleged “time off.” The world will not end if you don’t answer your email for 24 hours. Let everyone know you will be unavailable and then hold yourself to it: Put on your out-of-office message and put your phone and laptop away. You are only getting one day off and you need to make the most of it.

Do Something Fun

This could be anything at all: going to a concert, meeting friends for drinks, going to a nice dinner with your spouse or just ordering room service and watching a movie. It does not need to be extravagant — quite the contrary. Other options that can really help you clear your mind could be walking through the woods, strolling along the ocean or going for a run while listening to your favorite playlist. Make this time whatever you want it to be, but the key is that you are doing something that is fun for you.

The Benefits (For You And Your Company)

So why should you take a 24-hour vacation?

• You get to do something fun and perhaps spend time with family or friends that you aren’t seeing much because you are working crazy hours.

• You get great ideas when you let your mind think about things other than work.

• It lets others step up to take on responsibility, make decisions and/or handle situations that may otherwise have gone to you.

• You are setting an example for your employees by demonstrating it is OK to take a day off and really unplug.

• It’s a quick reset for your mind that can be done even during a busy time at work.

• You are happier, more productive and a better boss and colleague.

While the 24-hour vacation is no substitute for an actual vacation, it can help you clear your head and give you a small break while letting your team step up in their roles, even during really busy times of growth. As author Anne Lamott once said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

July 8, 2019 at 08:05AM
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbostoncouncil/2019/07/08/how-to-take-a-24-hour-vacation/
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