Vacation is Mandatory
As the old saying goes, all work and no play makes for a dull (lady). Dull people offer dull experiences, and we are in the game of offering incredible client experiences, not dull ones. With that in mind, we do make vacations, and general downtime a priority, so we can take better care of our clients. Honestly, stepping away in this industry can be really challenging, but focusing on the benefits can help keep us on track to fulfill our downtime goals. Here are 3 reasons you should do the same:
Recharge & Reset = Improved Productivity: The human body needs rest and relaxation to recharge, both physically and mentally. Once you are recharged you are sharper, better energized and can better take care of your clients. Studies have found that vacation helps you interrupt bad sleep habits, and we all know the better we sleep, the better we are. Studies have also shown high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working, thanks to the reset factor. When you’re more efficient and productive, you feel more accomplished. And the more accomplished you feel, the more you can take on!
Fresh Perspective & New Ideas: It is easy to get stuck in a rut, and the day to day business of sustaining consistency can lead to restricted idea generation. Getting out of your usual environment and typical schedule allows your mind to think outside the box, often times allowing you to generate some of your best ideas while on vacation. Be sure to bring along a notebook so you have a place to jot down during these moments of sporadic brilliance!
Health – Stress Reduction & Heart Disease Prevention (yes, seriously): A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later (so, if I am reading that right, I need to be on a 5 week vacation plan!). Additionally, men who skipped vacation for 5 consecutive years were 30% more likely to suffer heart attacks, and women who limited their vacation to just once every six years, were eight times more likely to develop heart related conditions (possibly just correlation.. and likely other lifestyle factors involved, but still).
Whether you are directly serving clients (like buyers, sellers & renters) or your clients are business owners, day to day customers, or a team of employees, we all benefit from and work better because of taking a vacation, so set that autoresponder and breathe!