The Value of Vacations and Breaks

We are coming up to the end of summer and solopreneurs need to be reminded of the value of vacations and breaks.  They need time to relax and reflect on those important questions:  What do I love about my business?  What do I not love about my business?  What is unique about it?  Is it time to make some changes?

Definition of a Workaholic

There’s more to life than work!  Did you hear yourself saying that during or following your vacation this summer? The work ethic is so strong in our culture that regardless of our role, we often feel guilty about

  • Working less than 65 hours per week
  • Taking a vacation
  • Feeling tired
  • Leaving work early
  • Taking a mental health day
  • Being sick
  • Looking after our own needs

and it’s only after we have come down from the stress of work and business that we come to our senses. Are you a workaholic who is striving to meet unrealistic expectations (of others or yourself)?

Definition of a Healthy Worker

In The Complete Guide to Your Emotions and Your Health – New Dimensions in Mind/Body Healing (edited by Emrika Padus of Prevention Magazine), a healthy worker is defined as one who

  • Knows when to stop
  • Can spot the beginning of fatigue and respond promptly
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Schedule and enjoy vacations
  • Exercises regularly
  • Has other outlets for their personal drive – other than work
  • Knows what to do with and is comfortable with leisure time
  • Can handle doing nothing
  • Is comfortable in unstructured time

Build a vacation retreat into every day

Well, first of all, we can “stop yearning for the time we don’t have and make use of the time we do have” (The Artist’s Way at Work by Bryan, Cameron & Allen) We can pay more attention to our needs and decide to look after them. We can bring comfort to our lives. We can take some spiritual/intellectual breaks, go for walks, listen to relaxing music in the car….I’m sure we know what would work. So why don’t we do it?

Why not consider planning a mini-retreat for yourself.

Planning to be Productive

In The Great Crossover, Dan Sullivan suggests that our most productive time is ten days following a vacation. We all return to work with new perspectives, higher energy and likely a breakthrough, so why not plan for 5 to 10 breakthrough times per year? He says we should take free time just prior to the time we need to achieve success, productivity and results.

Rejuvenate yourself in a healthy way (eating nourishing foods, getting lots of sleep, exercise and meditating time, and spending time in nature) knowing that you will become more productive.

What systemic barriers could you remove so that you can make the most of your creative/focus time? What aspects of your business will encourage you to remember the importance of personal rejuvenation?

The Value of Vacations and Breaks

Here’s a list of benefits you can get from a vacation, how many did you experience? Can you add to this list? 


Meeting new people




Time standing still

Contrast – a different personal space

Renewed focus

Escape from overload – Here’s a useful post:  Dealing with Stress and Overwhelm 

Fellowship and camaraderie

New skills



Happiness & laughter

Being in the moment

Absorption and flow

Stimulation of new insights





Sharpened awareness

Joy in nature

Just soaking up the sun

Mindset Monday Challenge

  1. Did you take a vacation yet?  What new insights did you gain while on vacation?
  2. Which definition fits you best?  – workaholic or healthy worker?
  3. How can you incorporate those vacation traits into your day to day life and work?
  4. What are the ways that you unwind? Which are healthy and which are unhealthy?
  5. What new habit would you like to incorporate into your day-to-day routine?  

Be sure to share your insights in the comments below!


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Lowell Ann Fuglsang

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In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. A great place to begin is the Solopreneur Evaluation Tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy.

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