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Ready…Set…Refresh — Time Off Is Essential to Job Performance


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Remember the remarkable feeling of waking up… naturally… refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day? Of course, you don’t! You’re working hard, building a business and managing staff, along with all the 1000 other tasks you need to complete each day. You’re exhausted. Yes, it’s time for some time off!

From full-blown vacations to relaxation breaks, here are some productivity-enhancing suggestions.

The Big Vacation
Tahiti, Hawaii, Europe – a major vacation is an excellent way to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication to your career. A full-week off reconnects you with YOU, recharges your batteries, relieves stress and improves your overall well-being. With full and total focus on something other than work, you’ll return to the office more productive than ever. Yes, it’s okay to check an email or two while you’re gone. We won’t tell.

Make It a Stay-cation
A great alternative to the big vacation, and often more financially feasible, is a stay-cation. Spending time at home, visiting local attractions, attending sporting events, theme parks, museums or other fun activities, whether alone, with friends or family, provides stress relief from your usual daily routine. Stay-cations can be more relaxing because they remove the additional stress of travel arrangements, packing or long road trips.

Just Take a Break
According to the CDC, taking five-minute breaks can help lower stress, increase concentration, alertness and work speed and are even associated with having a smaller waistline. So take a short walk, take the long route to the bathroom, grab a drink of water or just get up to stretch. Taking a break is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day.

A power nap (between 10-30 minutes) improves mood, alertness and job performance. Catching some extra Zzzzz restores wakefulness, improves your memory and helps boost productivity. Major companies such as Google, Proctor & Gamble and the Huffington Post have “nap rooms” for employees’ midday rejuvenation.

How do you take a break from your hectic work schedule? Do you feel time off has been instrumental to your career or business success? Tell us about your experience.

Please leave your comments below and be sure to take our poll. When you’re done, keep the conversation going on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

We want to hear from you! Let us know the answers to these questions below. Please share your tips for taking time off.

What happened in September? Find out now! Visit last month’s Business Forum – Well Done! 5 Tips for Giving Positive Feedback at Work – and our poll where we asked you to tell us how you provide your employees with positive feedback. The results are quite interesting!


Megan Bozzuto


  1. Bonnie Little
    October 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I love all these ideas, but I am a business owner of a small business consisting of 5 employees. Our employees come to work and go home. They get paid time off and use it. They get holidays. My husband (co-owner) and I take one week vacation with our kids & try for a long weekend here and then. Why? Because we run a business. It is extremely difficult to get away, to have people run the business when we are away. Before we take our weekly vacation, we have so much preparation, we are exhausted by the time the vacation comes. And, then returning is worse. There has been no work/life balance in my life since becoming an entrepreneur and there never will be. When you run a business, it becomes a part of your life, sometimes too much a part of it. Because our entire income depends on this business (we don’t have the luxury of one of us working a corporate job bringing home a salary, benefits, etc.), we have to work long days and rarely take time off. Was it all worth it. No. If I had to do it again, my husband & I both would take nice cushy office jobs, where we are given vacation and sick leave and can go home each day at a reasonable time and not think about work. I have a college aged student & a high school student & tell both to get a job, work for someone else, balance your home & work life. Do not be an entrepreneur. When my husband and I retire, they will not take over the business. I’m not saying having your own business is all bad, but it is the most stressful part of my life and my husbands and has taken its toll on both of us. I have tried to do the things you listed but either money, lack of time or whatever, I have not been able to do it well. Great ideas, but the implementation of them is just wishful thinking, except the stay-cations, which we do seem to fit in.

    • Amy Little Brown
      October 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Bonnie. I can understand where you are coming from. I too own my own business and can identify with all you stated. The only difference is I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. I own my own home daycare and is has been the greatest thing I have ever done. I love getting up at 4 am knowing that soon the house will be singing with the laughter of children. I love going to bed at midnight after closing the daycare down, cleaning the house and having done my homework or been to an oline seminar (class). I too am the only provider for my household and I was left holding the bag when my husband lost his job. We had a life that was supported by his career in gas and oil making very good money. When his job ended I was working earning $800.00 a month. Just my house note is $1500 a month. I thought I was going to dye. But I picked myself up stopped crying and thought about what I really love CHILDREN and turned it into a business.

      Let’s think about this together. From what you have stated in your post I must ask…did you go into your business because it was something you loved doing or because you thought it was a way to make big money quick?

      By the way my family name is Little. Where is your husbands family from? Mine is from Mississippi.

  2. Linda Warren
    October 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Excellent feedback, I did not realize being your own boss is so demanding. Thanks for writhing this article.

  3. Lynnette
    November 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I enjoy volunteering myself to help where needed. It gives me an internal joy to see people happy and to work with and network with other professionals. Being of service is a quite rewarding experience.