Summer vacation is your time to get away from your work and enjoy life! That’s why you are working so hard, right?! But breaking away from the needs of your web design business and focusing on having fun isn’t always as easy as it should be. This summer vacation, make a vow to yourself to be more mindful and present in your summer vacation so you can enjoy it and recharge, instead of being distracted by the needs of your business!
1 | Set Limits
If you don’t have set office hours now is the time to set them! Office hours are a time frame that you will be around your computer, working, and your clients will know you are reachable. Set your hours in whatever way works for you, but do set them! Put them on your website, in your email signature, and in your client documents. Let your clients know when you are available, and when you aren’t, then stick to them.
It’s easy to set office hours, but sticking to them can be a challenge! Freedom was one of the reasons you started your own business, right? You can still embrace your freedom and set your own schedule while setting boundaries. Protect your downtime. It’s just as valuable as your working time. You need time to spend living your life, making memories with your family, and recharging!
2 | Unplug
Put down the device! It’s vacation! It’s time to focus on living, not the digital realm! It can be so hard to tear yourself away from your devices, especially if you really want to share your amazing vacation experiences with your followers but there’s a time for that. And that time is later! Now is the time to focus on you, on your family, in real-life happening right now. Take some photos for your memories or sharing later, but don’t get sucked into spending your time on social media or responding to emails.
Those notifications are so tempting though! How can you just ignore them?
I can’t. Really, I can’t. That’s why I don’t have my work email on my phone. I can’t ignore emails from clients, especially when I see just that emergency subject line and first few sentences of content. So what do I do? I remove that temptation altogether. The only email on my phone is my personal one. Professional emails get responses during my office hours from my desktop not mobile.
So if you are like me and can’t ignore those notifications without triggering anxiety or FOMO (fear of missing out) then remove it altogether. You can mute or disable notifications from your apps if you can handle seeing all those notifications on the app icon, or remove the app altogether.
Protip: Got an old phone? Use it for your business’s social media. No need to get a plan for it, just use it on wireless networks. You get to focus on your professional social media accounts and growing those communities, and when the time comes for real life, turn it off and focus on living your life and enjoying the present.
3 | Embrace Mindfulness
I’m not saying you should start an entirely new mindfulness practice on vacation, that is setting yourself up for a difficult time. Instead, just make a conscious effort to notice the things going on around you, to become more conscious of the present moment. Enjoy the current moment for what it is. Every time you find your mind wandering, bring it back to what you are doing right at the moment. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, enjoy the sound of your children laughing, or admire the beauty of nature around you; whatever you are doing right now!
4 | You Have Permission to Relax
Running your own business is stressful. But that stress doesn’t have to filter into the rest of your life (I know, easier said than done right?). Sometimes it feels like you can’t relax, you have too much to do, and relaxing is somehow irresponsible or not what a “true entrepreneur” would do. That’s an unsustainable mindset, relaxation is essential to your own well-being and avoiding burn out. The time you take now to take care of yourself will pay off in the long run. You can relax, if you need to hear it, then you have permission to relax. Everything will be there waiting for you when it’s time to go back to work. Until then, relax. Recharge. Enjoy yourself and live life.