Ep 55 // How to Take A Holiday as a Founder/ Solopreneur/ CEO
If you’re a CEO, founder, or solopreneur who thinks it’s impossible to take time off, or you’re afraid of missing out on money or helping a client, this episode is for you. Leadership coach Akua Nyame-Mensah is back from vacation, and she’s ready to share how she prepared for her time off so that she could return feeling re-energized, rested, and not overwhelmed with a backlog of work.
Learn what Akua feels she did well in prepping for her holiday, how to make the most of your own vacation, and what to do upon return to ensure you won’t feel like you need another break to recover from your vacation!
Understanding yourself is the most important thing you do to make your business profitable and productive - this goes for taking breaks as well. Knowing what recharges your batteries and visualizing what a restful holiday means for you is the best way to start planning for some time off.
Highlights in this episode:
- Akua talks about reflecting on what a restful vacation looks like for you. For more on what this means, check out this episode Akua did on the subject of rest.
- The importance of figuring out how much you want to engage in your business while you’re on a break.
- Ask yourself what will continue running while you’re gone (like social media and newsletters) and what you’ll take a complete break from (like client meetings).
- Make it easier on yourself by easing out of work. Don’t start any new projects before you go on holiday.
- Letting your clients and support staff know you are going on leave well in advance is crucial. Some people like setting up an out-of-office reply as well.
- Be intentional about how you want to spend your time on your vacation. Akua talks about her goals from her break.
- In order to stay in vacation mode, Akua went to a place that had no internet or no tv, allowing her to unplug completely for several days.
- Traveling with people and family can be tiring, so it’s important to give yourself a buffer to rest before going back to work.
- If you don’t have time to take a holiday, you can always start with a couple of days to rest and recharge.
- After your break, don’t forget to take time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t so that you can do things even better for your next holiday!
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