This one’s going to be short & sweet…
Last week I ran a lunchtime training session explaining how my coaching programme works and the results my clients are getting.
And as part of that session I asked all of the attendees a series of questions, one of which was:
“In the last 12 months, how many holiday weeks have you taken?”
The responses varied from 0 to 6 weeks – but the average seemed to be around the 3-week mark.
In my opinion, that average is too low. Why have your own business and still only be able to take 21 days holiday a year? But anyway, that’s just my opinion…
It was the response from one attendee that really struck a chord with everybody else. He said:
“4 weeks in body, but 0 in mind”
And what he means by this was that whilst he may have physically been on holiday, his mind wasn’t switched off and he was still doing some work whilst away.
This is a really crucial point…
If you’re on holiday and you’re still thinking about work (or even doing bits of work) then are you on holiday or are you simply remote working?
It’s the same with the question how many hours a week do you work? Sure, you might say 50 because that’s the time you spend in the office, but what about all the hours you spend outside of the office thinking about work, is that not still essentially work?
For me, holidays are times where I switch off completely from everything. It’s a chance to give myself some headspace, re-energise myself and come back ready to hit the ground running. Most of the best ideas I’ve ever had have come from simply doing nothing on holiday.
So, my question to you is, in the last 12 months how many weeks holiday have you TRULY taken?
- No thinking about work
- No doing any work
- No emails or WhatsApp’s
Sure, to a certain extent I agree that maybe you can never completely ‘switch off’. Somewhere in the back of your mind there might be some train of thought. But you should be actively trying not to think about these things whilst you’re away.
One of the many great benefits of being your own boss is that you have the freedom to take time off and enjoy time with your family and/or friends – and if this isn’t your current reality, and you find yourself packing your laptop every time you go away and having to catch up with the office every other day, then have a think about what you can change around so that it becomes your reality.
Click here to take ‘The Holiday Test’. And once you’ve done that, here are some resources that might help you:
- Episode 4 from my ‘Accountant’s Talk – Secrets Of Success Podcast where Mark Telford describes how he built his accountancy practice around his family life
- How to move from accountancy practice operator to accountancy practice owner
- A 6-step plan to help master the dark art of delegation
- If you’re too busy to build good systems then you’ll always be too busy
- You don’t have a time management problem, you have a priority management problem