The Power of Pausing

Once in a while, I’ll read about one of my fellow entrepreneurs’ taking a one-month break. I would like to take a month for myself one day. 

Given the needs of my family, I’m not ready to take one month for myself. I actually enjoy working, and I enjoy helping people grow and scale their businesses.

Your business or your family might need you now. You may however be one of those fortunate people who can step away from your business for long periods of time.

I enjoy one day of vacation every week. During this day, I work at not working. I slow down. When life throws me a curveball and this vacation day isn’t possible, I aim for half a day. 

The amount of time you take for yourself isn’t important. What is important is not working at your business and instead connecting with yourself. Trust that when you are not working, your business will be alright. 

How do you do this? Start small. Reflect on what you have. 

During my university years, I had to work nights and weekends. I longed for the day to have weekends free from work. Now, I’m grateful every time I take a one-day vacation. 

You need to practice.

  • Accept help. 
  • Celebrate “good enough.” 
  • Be grateful.

Why is it so important to hit the pause button? 

Pausing creates more energy for the next week, more compassion for myself and others, and better results! I’m a better boss, mom, and partner. 

There is another benefit of pausing: it’s a chance to remember the reason you’re working so hard in the first place.

My son and husband enjoy seeing me pause. When I’m unable to pause, I know I will eventually. Be consistent with pausing, but don’t put stress on yourself to pause at a precise time. Allow your family to see you working through a break and relaxing when work is done.

You would advocate for your children and partners to take a break. Advocate for yourself, too.

I hope you pause work. Plan something fun and relaxing really soon during a pause. Make it special. 

Stop. Let your guard down. Laugh. Remember what matters. Work hard doing what you love. Repeat.