We’ve all said, it’s only when we’re actually on a vacation that we realise just how much we need it.
In certain professional environments, hierarchy would have us believe that a vacation is frowned upon – that it causes disruption to work flow, to our concentration and our focus. For someone who worked 17-hour days a Bali vacation was always something we took in the future.
Research now shows that professional success is rarely down to time management alone. It’s down to energy management. And research proves that a vacation is vital.
It restores and rejuvenates our energy levels so we come back rested and refreshed. This is true physically, psychologically and mentally – We need to rest in all of these areas.
But it’s also been proven that a vacation helps in others ways. And that over the long term it can even play a crucial role in how far we get in our careers – and relationships.
Here are 9 reasons why a Bali vacation can advance our brains and our careers – and our relationships:
- It’s a window to be intentional again.
We all get so caught up in work that it’s easy to continue along the path of just doing stuff. So a vacation is the perfect time to take stock and press the restart button and decide on what type of leader or colleague you really want to be.
- It’s an opportunity to reframe.
If you’ve been under pressure, uncertainty and stress a vacation presents the perfect opportunity to “reframe”. We are not always in total control of a situation. But we are in control of how we interpret meaning within that situation. Reframing has been proven in neuropsychological research to have extremely powerful benefits. A vacation can offer a very powerful window to rethink how we see that challenging situation whilst we’re away from it. It can offer a time to make better choices on how we address the situation.
- Our brains can generate some of our best ideas.
In our day-to-day lives and work it can be difficult to generate new ideas. Whilst on vacation ideas can pop into our heads from nowhere. When we engage in sensory thinking (being in the moment), compared to forward thinking (at work), our brains generate different kinds of insights, including strategic insights and powerful connections.
- We can generate space for our return to work.
Delegating is such a common word in the work place. But in reality it’s hard to do in practice in a meaningful way. Yet, we need to increase the capacity of others (as well as ourselves). A vacation can force us into delegating those things that we would normally do. And that means not only planning our time away but also developing others to take over the reigns. It’s an ideal window to see what responsibility can be handed over more permanently – and to free up your time for other areas of the business.
- We get to test the real strength of our team.
In a previous role, a colleague of mine was organising our annual conference. With over 500 partners arriving in Paris, it was a huge responsibility. I was asked to provide assistance and was amazed when my colleague said he would be on vacation during the build up to the event. But my colleague knew and trusted his team. The conference was a huge success. The year long organisation and the development of his team during that period had paid off. The best leaders know their team. They’re comfortable and confident in taking time off. So a vacation can be a good test to see whether our teams are as strong as they can be without us. It can also offer a good sign of where we need to focus before our next break.
In short, we all need a vacation – even the best of us. Not a quick weekend. We need a proper break. And if we can switch off the phones, computers and tablets, then even better. The benefits of doing so can be life changing.
- You gain unparalleled perspective.
Getting away from the normal routine gives you a new vision. It shifts your perspective. Many business owners we know get stuck working ‘in’ their business instead of ‘on’ it. A proper vacation helps to attain clarity. You see things differently – which translates into a better vision for your business.
- Recharge your batteries.
We all tend to work too much. It’s in our blood. And we’re driven from an early age to succeed with our ideas and vision. But there lies the problem. Our bodies, minds and spirits simply cannot keep up. We all need time off to repair, rejuvenate and refocus.
- The opportunity to expand your horizons.
When you escape the confines of your environment and unplug completely, you get the opportunity to explore new things. Time spent in a foreign country gives us the rare opportunity to truly engage in a different culture. Take the chance to read something you wouldn’t read normally. Open your eyes to new horizons and create opportunity to bring new ideas back to the business.
Take the story of Howard Shultz of Starbucks. His desire was to stop selling coffee beans and instead bring freshly made cappuccinos and lattes to consumers – Exactly what he saw on his travels through Italy.
- Last but not least, regain touch with personal relationships.
When we feel disconnected from friends and family from time to time, it’s a sure sign that we need a break. Business comes and goes. But family and friends are forever. We recently spoke with a CEO of an Australian mining corporation about what he would do if he had his time again. Without hesitation, he told us, he would trade all the money he had for lost time with parents, wife, siblings and children.
Studies also show that having close personal relationships directly contribute to our longevity. We need to keep our relationships intact.
Many entrepreneurs, executives and self-employed people we come into contact with when sourcing and selecting holiday villas pride themselves on being too busy for a vacation. It’s often perceived as a sign of importance and commitment. For us, as a business owner, the opposite is true. We’ve learnt the hard way that the most important thing is not being busy, but rather to work on the right things.
In such a mindset your CEO, managing director, team leader, clients and consumers should definitely see you taking a vacation as an investment.
Take it from us – You (your body and your mind) need one.