Maybe going pretzel-like isn’t your thing. It doesn’t have to be. What I am writing about today is how unplugging from your hectic life is one of the best things for your business. It may sound counterproductive but it is absolutely not.
Personally, I can’t think of a better way than 72 hours of yoga and silence. However, for you unplugging may be going camping or hiding out in a cabin for the weekend. The key is to disconnect from the everyday stress.
Why? We expect more of ourselves and push hard. Our task list is long and unwieldy. Many entrepreneurs pride themselves in the amount of hours they work in a week. I to take pride in the amount of hours I take off instead.
Last weekend, I took off for the weekend on a beautiful yoga retreat with Yoga Oceanside. The setting was a stunning house in Ojai, CA. I slept soundly to the sounds of nature at night. I rose in silence and spent the day in mediation and yoga. And all of this was the best thing for my business.
Here are some of the benefits of unplugging from the business and our high tech world.
Ask the important questions. In this quiet time, I focused on the true core of my business. I asked myself the important questions like:
- Do I want to grow, change or stay the same?
- Am I happy with my business?
- Are my clients happy?
- What can I do to bring more joy and creativity into my business?
Get Creative. I went within and touched on the creativity I thought was lost in my Outlook Task List. I wrote. I sang. I even danced.
Gain focus. When your mind is cleared from the clutter of life, you can focus better on the tasks at hand. When this happens, you can accomplish more in less time. Leaving more time to recharge and avoid burnout in the future.
Renewed Health. Your health, mental and physical, should always be a top priority. I am guilty of not following that golden rule. Taking time to relax gives your immune system a chance to recharge. I now incorporate more ‘retreat’ type activities through my day to avoid future burnout. For me, the list includes working out, yoga and meditation.
I came back from my retreat feeling invigorated about my business. As an added bonus, I accomplish more in less time and produce at a higher quality. I plan to keep this new mindset.
What do you do to rekindle your fire? Have you done a solo retreat/getaway before?