In recent years, there has been a sudden influx of popularization in regard to the concept of “being busy”. In a way, living as a workaholic has been romanticized as the only sure way to success. However, busy is not always better career-wise. We have already talked about the importance of some quality me time for your mental health – but it’s also important to discuss just how taking time off work can work in favor of your productive business mindset and help you enjoy life more as you continue to experience notable success at work.
The Concept of Busy Is Not the Same as Being Productive
Have you ever paid attention to people’s initial response when you inquire how they’re doing? We’re positive that it’s safe to say 90 percent of their first answers would be “busy.” It might be a societal norm or something completely different, but being busy is almost a must in this day and age – if you don’t want to seem like a couch potato at least. Yet, we rarely take the time to contemplate what this “being busy” really entails. After all, it’s all about how productive and efficient your day is – not how busy you are.
That said, the whole point of your busy day is that you successfully deal with truly important tasks. If you can’t identify those, can you honestly say that your busy day has been productive?
By taking some time off work, not only do you get to recharge, but you also don’t have the need to burden yourself with a ton of potentially meaningless tasks just so you could say you’re busy. As you get to spend your free time engaging in your interests and hobbies, you also strengthen your mind and boost your emotional well being. All this allows you to consequently return to the tasks at hand with better focus and the ability to prioritize them.
Work Smarter and Not Harder
This is a tip that you have probably already seen, especially if you’re interested in ways to up your productivity. But have you ever considered that you may need to stop working for a while altogether in order to come up with these smarter work solutions?
Essentially, without the pressure of having to complete every single task you set out to do for the day, taking time off work means that you can contemplate numerous ideas and solutions completely burden- and stress-free. In that respect, an adequate amount of free time is absolutely necessary if you want to turn your productive and efficient ideas into reality.
Delegation Can Yield Better Results
Another stigma of modern society involves the matter of having someone else do your work. However, the concept of delegation doesn’t have to be all black and white like that. A nice gray area can actually help you get more done and successfully prevent you from burning out.
Think about it for a second. If you constantly try to do everything by yourself, never take time off, or refrain from asking for help, your stress will soon eat you up. When you’re that burned out, there’s no way to successfully accomplish everything you have planned. What’s more, this can even affect the comfort of your personal life.
On the other hand, when you let yourself take a break, you’ll instantly put yourself in a situation where you’ll simply have to delegate some tasks. By recognizing other people’s strengths and learning how to delegate accordingly, not only will you get to take some time off and recharge, but chances are your business will also flourish. Teamwork is important for a reason.
Enjoy the Benefits of Passive Income
There are many different ways to obtain passive income and enjoy a better financial situation, but there’s one certain factor that’s absolutely necessary for you to achieve this – enough free time. As you take time off work on occasion, you get to engage in your interests and hobbies, as mentioned. And this kind of productive time can open many doors for you when it comes to passive income.
Dealing with real estate or stocks, developing an app, writing a book, taking professional photos, and so on, are just some of the possible roads you can take that will let you enjoy passive income after a while. In that respect, taking a break from your work can turn into a lucrative opportunity that will earn you more money in the long run, which you can then use for personal pleasure or even invest into further growth of your business.
Keep in mind that pushing yourself too hard at work is not all that likely to result in success. When you give yourself enough time to enjoy every aspect of life to its fullest, success at work will naturally follow. If you have trouble managing your time efficiently, though, we have already written about some useful time management tips.