Well it’s back into the groove after the kids summer holidays and raring to go after a couple of rain free camping trips (unheard of in our family) and a week in Cornwall.
I am always amazed at how motivated and ready for work I am after a break. It is easy to get bogged down in the day to day aspects of business and working long hours makes it gradually more difficult to see the wood for the trees. A break from the work routine helps to de-fog and re-calibrate the brain.
Although I try to have a ‘proper’ break with my email switched off, I am sure my brain is still working in the background mulling over issues and putting problems to bed. This type of ‘unconscious’ thought also occurs when we are doing physical exercise. How many times have you been wrestling with a problem in the office only to have the solution pop into your head when you take a break away from your desk?
In this country there is still a culture of presenteeism, which business owners find as difficult to break away from as employees. I have had clients complain that although they work long hours (often outside the office) colleagues make snide comments when they leave early or take a day off. We need to break away from this type of thinking because it is not productive.
As business owners we have to think about many different aspects – this thinking is not necessarily best done in a crowded office (or even in an office at all). We need to work in a way which produces the best results for us and be creative in allowing ourselves to do this. If a day out of the office spending time on a hobby allows you to be more effective once you are back at work, it makes sense to take that day.
After all, as I said in my previous blog, we started our own businesses because we wanted to have more control over our work lives. We need to be strong in that conviction and not allow ourselves to be forced into ‘corporate’ work practices because we feel obliged by others’ thinking to do so.