Have you experienced whilst on holiday the person who seems to spend most of their time with their mobile glued to their ear deep in conversation with what is only so obviously their office or business. Speaking much too loudly as they either laze on their sun bed or prowl the pool area disturbing the otherwise tranquil calm.
Now I’m not sure whether this is sometimes in a vain attempt to impress the assembled onlookers how important they are in their own world or that are really so integral to the future of their business that they have to make every decision.
Now I have picked on the noisy mobile user as I’m sure you will may have experienced something similar. Luckily, most prefer to do it a more subtly and keep in touch with the office via email or quietly call to keep their finger on the pulse.
Interestingly, they may be physically on holiday with their family but their mind and thoughts are elsewhere. Well, either way, perhaps in the future they should just cancel their holiday and stay at home or consider how they can start to wean themselves off their business.
As a business owner it is so easy to become accustomed to the stress and pressure of having your own business and believe without your input your team cannot make a decision or will just drive it into the ground.
Holidays are a natural break in what may have become second nature or just habit. So, make the most of this time to put some distance between the business and you.
It is a great time to review, to reflect and maybe consider some of the things that you may need to change in the coming year.
So, here are a few questions to get you on the way.
In your business are you the glue that holds everything together?
Have you built a team that works without you or have you trained them to defer to you every decision?
Do you find it hard to switch off on holiday?
And then consider:-
Is it now time to wean your business off you?
Or perhaps more importantly,
Is it time to wean you off your business?
(Note: definition of wean- accustom (someone) to mange without something which they have become dependent upon).
Holidays are a great time to relax, to unwind and recharge the batteries and invest some time to just think, to ponder, so use it wisely.