CHICAGO ( TheStreet) -- A business owner is never off duty. When you're the one in charge, working nights and weekends is part of the deal.But that doesn't mean you should never take a break. Stepping away for a week or two just might be the secret to keeping your business -- and yourself -- in good shape. All too often, though, business owners deny themselves the vacations they grant their employees.
|Getting away for a week or two just might be the secret to keeping your business -- and yourself -- in good shape.|
The Framingham Heart Study, a decades-long research project into the causes and risk factors for heart disease, found a strong link between vacations and longevity. Even after allowing for a number of other lifestyle factors, men who took more vacations were the ones who lived longest. Go away on vacation at least once a year and your risk of death falls by 20% compared with those who keep working. 2. You'll strengthen your family.
A number of psychological studies have shown that buying experiences -- such as a vacation -- increases happiness more than buying possessions. The memories of those experiences also last longer than the satisfaction we get from buying a car or flat-screen TV. Go back to your own childhood for a minute: Can you list all the presents you got for each birthday? Probably not. But chances are you can still have clear memories from family trips taken decades ago. Are you creating those memories for your own children? Travel strengthens family bonds by creating shared memories. A vacation now is an investment in your family's future. 3. You'll come back a more effective leader.
We all know that intractable problems need a fresh eye. Yet we still come into the office, day after day, thinking we'll be hit with a sudden burst of creativity amid the usual routines. The only way to get a new perspective is to get away. That means at least a week off (not a quickie three-day weekend) with minimal office contact. Only once you've cleared your brain will there be room for new, creative ideas to flower.