4 Essential Business Tools to Take With You on Holiday
Has anyone ever told you that as a business owner, sometimes you really need to step away from the business activities and take a break in order to gain clarity? Well, it’s true. Aside from the fact that we all need to take some time out from work every so often, we also need to give ourselves this time so that we can better focus on the big picture. By big picture, I mean things like where the business is heading into the future and what you, as the owner, see yourself doing in the business down the track.
For many of us, our businesses are like our babies. We create them from scratch, invest a whole lot of time, energy and money into them, and watch them grow as we nurture them, and they evolve. Sounds a lot like having an actual baby, doesn’t it? Very few things in life require as much commitment and effort as setting up your own business. So sometimes it seems very hard to step away and take a break but believe me, it’s worth it. When I allow myself to go on a holiday or a mini-escape, I ALWAYS come back clearer and more focused on the things that matter. I usually come up with some great creative ideas for marketing and blog concepts too.
Things I always take with me when I go away:
1. My laptop and iPad
I don’t always need/use both, but even when I’m on holiday, I still like to set myself up somewhere nice when I feel like it and do a few emails when I’m thoroughly relaxed. Or watch a couple of those YouTube videos that I’ve been keeping for ‘when I have more time’.
2. Notepad and Pen
Even though I have my electronic devices, sometimes I find it really useful to have a notepad handy to jot down ideas or draw out a concept I’m thinking of. I usually take an A3 pad and some texta’s too for when I’m feeling really creative. Creating a mind map of a problem or idea can be a great visual way to break it all down and find solutions.
3. Portable modem
I always have my little go-anywhere modem with me. I don’t use it every time, but it is so good to have when you’re somewhere that doesn’t offer access to wifi. Or when you’re on a beach and inspiration for your next article suddenly comes to you.
4. A business book
This one is essential for me. To be a leader in your industry or field of work, I believe it is so important to stay on top of what influential people in the business world are saying. There are always new books coming out and every single time I read one I gain insights that are useful and current for my work. Sometimes I even go back to a classic and re-read it. Daniel Goleman’s ‘Emotional Intelligence’ is one I recently re-discovered and thoroughly enjoyed.
I hear some of you saying ‘why would you take any of these things with you if you’re supposed to be on holidays?’ The answer to that question will be different for different people. For me, my business is never far from my mind and although I really enjoy setting it aside at times so I can relax and restore, I do find that I have some of my most valuable strategic insights when I am not working ‘in’ the business day-to-day. For this reason, I always make sure I am able to capture those insights effectively, no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
So the moral of the story is to, of course, limit your time spent on business when you’re on holiday so you can actually feel like you’ve had a break. But also be open to new ideas and creative inspirations as they come to you, and be able to make the most of them. After all, if you’re a business owner in the first place, you’re likely to be someone who enjoys a challenge and probably someone who thinks outside the box. So have a bit of fun with it and get back to that place where you love what you do. Right, time for a massage!
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