But that doesn’t mean we’re perfect. There’s still a lot of room to optimize, improve, and grow.
When you take time off, you give yourself an opportunity to spot holes in your business. It’s easy to miss these holes during normal day-to-day repetition.
In my own life, success at Sumo means building a company that can grow even when I’m not around.
When you’re used to working hard all day, it can be hard to convince yourself that time off is actually productive for your company.
But it’s 100% worth it.
If you’re looking to take a work break to disconnect and refocus, here are a few tips.
3 steps for successfully taking time off
Pick a place that INSPIRES you to travel. I’ve been to Thailand, India, and Israel over the past few years for an extended break. Each of these places seemed unique, so I went — and I came away with new ideas and feeling refreshed. New experiences make you see things in a different light, which can help grow your business.
Keep your work to a minimum for at least ONE week. We all need breaks. Giving yourself the chance to step away and relax means you’ll come back ready to go.
Make a list of everything you can improve. After taking a week away, sit down with a fresh Google Sheet and list every idea to improve your business.
Don’t limit yourself to big things either. Think about the “1%” ideas too. For example, shorten all meetings from 1 hour to 45 minutes. It sounds small, but if you’re in 5 meetings a week that’s over an HOUR of extra time
When you come back, you can see there’s more opportunity to grow your business whether you’re there or not.
3 Lessons From My Trip to Israel
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1. Learn to say “no”
One day I was riding my bike along the beach. I’m listening to music, chilling, feeling good…
But I was lying to myself. I was running from the truth.
“Life isn’t great,” I thought.
I started to really think about why I felt that way. I started thinking about the factors, and listing out everything I was doing:
That’s a lot. And it’s before I add in my personal life and non-business stuff.
I think I do a good job with all these things. But “good” isn’t how I want to live my life. I wanted to do things great.
I couldn’t do all those things great. It’d be impossible unless I drank a million 5-Hour Energy drinks everyday, never slept, and sacrificed my health. (I probably wouldn’t live forever like John Arrow that way.)
I started to think about what really matters most:
What do I love doing?
Where do I see the biggest opportunity to share my experiences?
What should I pick if I could only do 1-3 things?
I realized that true focus means saying “no” a lot.
The biggest growth and successes come from sacrifice. It’s important to FOCUS.
I enjoy a lot of things, but I’m happiest when I take the time to execute on one or two things instead of half-assing a bunch of stuff.
I decided to focus on 3 things:
Sumo and AppSumo write my paycheck and give me the most leverage to help entrepreneurs like you, so that’s a definite keep
I love doing my podcast. It motivates me to meet other cool people + share their stories
Making videos on YouTube are a freakin’ blast. Plus, it’s one of my fastest growing mediums. It’s motivating to see growth 📈
Once I returned to Austin, I started to split my time: