We are finally in the full swing of summer — barbecues, pool days and, most importantly, vacation time. However, as a business owner it can be quite the task to separate work and play, with fear that the business with drastically fail without your presence. Physical separation from the studio doesn’t necessarily mean you are free from the obligations and pressures of the job.
So, the question stands of how can you truly relax or connect with family and friends when your mind is focused on attracting new clients or helping an instructor you recently hired?
While it is nearly impossible to separate yourself completely from work, there are a few tips you can use to get the most out of your vacation experience this year without the fear of the business tanking while you are away:
- Set a goal.
In the fitness industry, goal setting is of upmost importance. It’s the best way to check in on your progress. The same should be said for your vacation — so set a goal. It may be connecting with family you haven’t seen in a while or hiking the Himalayas with total strangers. Set the goal and follow through with it.
- Build a culture that supports time off.
It’s a sad place to be if your company doesn’t support your upcoming trips or they make you feel as if you are the only one who could manage your workload. Take steps to make your staff feel you support their time off and are willing to step in on some of their work, and in turn they should feel motivated to help you when you will be gone.
- Avoid your kryptonite.
We all have our different vices. You may be the type who has to constantly check in on your email or call in to the studio every other hour to check in. It is your twitch and you know it will happen one way or another. In this case, it is important to separate a time slot to get this taken care of and then avoid the hell out of it. This might mean waking up a couple hours early and taking care of your emails for the day or setting aside a 30-minute time frame to have a phone meeting with your staff. Give yourself the time to focus on the tick and then forget about it.