So, just recently I got married. In fact, not only did I get married this year I also moved house to a quiet, beautiful location. Don’t get me wrong, this is all great. However, the disruption it causes can have a detrimental effect on your business. All of the planning, financial and physical aspects can tire you out. I also had ZERO internet access for just over TWO months after moving into my new house which put additional strain on my business and income. An internet based business with no internet access… Go figure right? It wasn’t good.
However, the point of this post is to let you know about a positive impact that my honeymoon had on me. Not only me (and my new wife) but also my business.
You see, right up to the point of boarding the plane my thoughts had started to go cloudy in terms of business. So much had gone on the previous months that I started to lose co-ordination and organization with my business. Everything became less structured and I struggled to manage my time efficiently.
In a nutshell, I was starting to lose my way a little and I didn’t have the clarity to put it right.
Here’s what I found. Not only did my honeymoon (two weeks in Riviera Maya – Mexico) give my wife and I some quality time together to start our married life off on the right foot. It also allowed me to RE-BOOT my thoughts and mindset. It enabled me to dis-connect with my business.
In typical entrepreneur fashion I can only dis-connect for so long and after a few days of swimming in the pool, walking on the beach and eating fine food thoughts of business and “dreams of big things” started to flow through my mind. The main difference here was that I was able to see my business with a “Birds Eye” view. I wasn’t sat in my office or in my business environment. I was 4,500 – 5,000 miles away in paradise.
So, what does this mean? My thoughts were clearer. I could see where I was going wrong and “what” was going wrong. The waters were no longer muddy and I could identify various aspects of my business that could be tweaked and improved.
Often, little tweaks can have a positive impact.
I burnt a mental image into my mind with a plan of what I was going to do. I identified things that I were no longer going to do. I identified things I “needed” to do. I noted down simple rules that if I followed them daily, they would increase my work flow and productivity. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Rules!
I started back working on my business on Monday and it is now Friday. It is early days but I am loving my new outlook and already have BIG plans for 2016.
If you ever find yourself in a similar position where you find it hard to get some kind of clarity, or find that you’re making less progress than you’d like then take a VACATION.
Removing yourself from your business environment and completely dis-connecting allows you to regain your focus and view everything with a fresh set of eyes and a clear mind. Once you step outside of the daily grind you can see things far more clearly. Not only that, once your vacation comes to an end you will be refreshed and raring to get back to it. Only this time you’ll be more streamlined, more efficient and you’ll be in a better position than ever to take your business to the next level.
Ready to book your tickets?