It's a simple self-management issue - in the words of Stephen Covey in his famous book 'The 7 Habits of Highly effective People', you must invest in the goose that lays the gold egg. In this case, you are the goose.
4 things that a holiday will help you to do:
1. See the bigger picture - time out in a different environment gives you the space to remember why you went self-employed in the first place and to evaluate your progress
2. Delegate to others - you might be self-employed but that doesn't mean you have to do everything yourself. An important skill in building a business is to learn to trust others and have faith in their capabilities. When you've built a great reputation for what you do it can be terrifying to bring others in to help you - especially if you're a bit of a control freak. But if your day to day business won't survive unless you're there, then is it really a business? Or actually a J-O-B.
3. Recharge your creative juices - the initial stages of becoming self-employed are often highly creative as you work out what you can do and if there's a market for it. But this can often be the only creative period as you settle into the nuts and bolts of having a business. Taking time out to be creative is vital and you will often find that a holiday, when your mind is free from the everyday chores of your work, that you naturally start to think creatively about all kinds of things, including work.
4. Achieve a work-life balance - it may be an old chestnut but it's still true. It's easy to forget why you became self-employed in the first place (which for many people was to avoid the draconian 9-5 of being employed), so it's important to take space away from work to get the balance right. Remember the old adage - 'work to live, don't live to work and work'
Don't fall into the trap of 'living to work' rather than 'working to live'. If you need support so that you can get that 'must have' holiday, don't hesitate to call us on +44 (0)345 056 8544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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