ll archives: Why You Should Be a Lady Who Vacates

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“Workaholic.” #LeanIn. “Baby, I’m a hustler.” It’s the American way, right, ladies? Particularly, if you’re an entrepreneur, you may feel like working 12+ hours a day, seven days a week is a requirement in order to be seen as a legit boss lady. It’s hard to argue with the necessity of loooooooong, hard days, weeks, sometimes even months of work. What with running a business, possibly working a corporate gig, maintaining a side hustle, and running a household, it’s inevitable that we are going months on end without a real break. When was the last time you completely unplugged? Be honest. I’ll be the first to admit unplugging is not something I excel at. The last vacation I took out of the country, I didn’t even have cell service, but I still hopped on Wifi at least once a day to check work email and voicemail. That’s a damn shame, right?

We as a nation have a problem! The U.S Travel Association found that American workers left 169 million vacation days on the table in 2014. The fact is, we have a work-martyr complex. Of the American workers polled, 28% admitted not taking vacation to prove their dedication to their management teams, while a whopping 40% were afraid of falling behind in their workload. Guilty.

But the fact is, when you have proper work/life balance, you will be more productive, have a healthier mind and body, and ultimately, run a better business because of it. As a ladypreneur, you should build your business around a healthy dose of hard work and time off. Taking time off to recharge your batteries, gain a fresh perspective, and spend time with your loved ones has many benefits, both personally and professionally.

So, let’s talk about a few of the benefits of taking a well-earned vacation:

  1. You can grow and develop your interpersonal relationships—time off allows you to create stronger bonds with friends, family, and loved ones, and fellow entrepreneurs.
  2. Taking step back from challenges and problems with your business can help you decompress and gain a different perspective and come of with a viable solution to said problems in a healthier way.
  3. Time off and vacations help you boost your brainpower and reboot a mentally drained brain
  4. Nip burnout in the bud. It’s easy to get burned out, even when you LOVE your business. At the end of the day, it’s still work, and we need time off to decrease the chance of burnout.
  5. Increase productivity and creativity. A fresh, relaxed mind and body improves creativity and productivity, making your business that much stronger.
  6. Decreased risk of burnout—Taking regular time to relax increases creativity and productivity; employees are less likely to feel overworked and burned out
  7. Relieve stress. I won’t go into the details of the negative impact that stress can have on a body —and mind, let alone the vitality of your business.

Bottom line, your business depends on you having the discipline to take time off—and don’t let your inner boss lady guilt tell you any different.