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December 01, 2004

Take a vacation already!

One of the first blogs I started reading was by Matt Blumberg, the CEO of Return Path.  His post on Why Entrepreneurship is like Windows made me smile.  If you are an entrepreneur you'll get it and if you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur make sure you think about what it might be like to be in screen saver mode most of the time.  I'm a big believer in vacations, though it took me about five years before I didn't feel guilty about taking them.  (I still do a little)

If you only take a week at a time, I think you're only getting the mental benefit of about one day off.  Think about it - the first three days you're still thinking about work.  You get one good day and then spend the next three days thinking about going back to work.  I think it takes two weeks at least, consecutive, with little or no thoughts of work to really recharge.

Your employees could probably use the break too, and they get to prove that they can run the business without you.  If you must think about work, keep the thoughts big and bring back a good idea or two.

December 1, 2004 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink


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