In parenting, a time out is a common form of discipline. It is used when a child needs a break from the action to regroup and think about their behavior.
A time out in sports is much the same. It is a halt in play to allow the coaches to communicate a strategy to the players, to give a pep talk, or stop a downward spiral. Whether we are talking about sports or parenting, everyone is familiar with a time out. It is simply, a well-timed break that allows those involved to reorganize and get a fresh perspective.
Time outs are effective ways for people to step back and reorganize.
I am going to suggest that time outs in entrepreneurship are much the same. Time outs in business are necessary to afford entrepreneurs an opportunity to get a short respite, become revitalized, and see out of new eyes.
Do you allow yourself business time outs?
Giving yourself a business time out is a critical form of self-care. It is necessary if you are to be a successful entrepreneur and lead a balanced life. Entrepreneurship is a hard work. You’re ‘on’ 24/7 and your hustle is always in high gear. When you’re not actively doing things to promote your business, you are thinking about it; what you need to do, how it can grow, how to make it better.
A business time out is not a vacation, although extended time away with your family or friends is definitely a must in life.
A business time out is where you literally take time out from work to focus on you.
If you are having a hard time even thinking of taking a break from work, let me put it this way: Not allowing yourself a break will lead to burn out. When you become depleted, your business and family life will suffer.
Is that a risk you’re willing to take?
Instead of reaching the point where you run out of steam, give yourself permission to take a time out. Every so often, take a day, one whole day, to recharge your batteries. What you feel you may lose in productivity, you will gain in fresh ideas, a renewed sense of purpose, and a kickstart to your motivation.
If you’re not sure what an entrepreneur time out looks like, below are some angles to take, but first, here are the rules:
• No work!
• No chores or errands!
• No technology! No emails. No texts. No social media.
For one whole day! I know, radical, right?
Here are some suggestions on how to approach your entrepreneur time out:
•First off, give yourself permission. You have the authority to give yourself a break.
•Put it on your calendar. Schedule a date with yourself.
•Tell everyone at home and the office that you will be unavailable.
•Let go of the guilt.
If you don’t know what to do on your time out, here are a few ideas:
•Do something you love that you haven’t done in a while.
•Try something new you’ve been curious about.
•Spend the day pampering yourself.
•Meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.
•Get out in nature.
If you had a friend that you saw busting her butt and working so hard she rarely came up for air, wouldn’t you encourage her to take a break and make a little time for herself? Of course you would, because you’re a good friend like that.
So be a good friend to yourself and encourage the badass girl boss inside you to do the same.
You deserve it.