I'm writing this post while on vacation in Bali with my family, reflecting on work-life balance. For me, I need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the United States in order to gain perspective. And there is no better place than Bali, where I have spent the last 25 years holidaying with my family.
Balinese culture is a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, with strong religious, dance, music, and art traditions. The Balinese have a deep respect for their ancestors and culture, which is apparent in their daily lives and customs. Seeing their peaceful lives, smiling faces, and no-problem attitude in a third-world country brings me back down to earth. Its always good to see familiar local faces and places. The humidity is so hot it makes you slump into the pool to relax even more and you cant race around like a chicken with its head cut off even if you tried.
I truly believe its essential to take time off from work for several reasons.
Preventing burnout: Running a business is not as easy as one may think. For me to be successful I have to be surrounded by happy, driven people which fortunatly I am. When I see others achieve their goals and find happiness, it motivates me to work harder towards others aspirations. I get energy from seeing others do well and fill their own cup. But sometimes that purpose leaves me depleted of energy. I have to take breaks away from work to get a fresh perspective and come back with renewed energy and enthusiasm ready to be a cheerleader for others.
Trusting others: When you're constantly immersed in your business 7 days a week it can be difficult to let go of the reigns. Taking time away allows you take your hands off the steering wheel and enjoy the dedication of the team you have created to continue to lead with kindness while your away.
Improving creativity: Contrary to what many people believe, taking time away from work can actually improve your creativity. When you take breaks, you give your brain a chance to rest, recharge and float into the clouds, which allows you to be more creative. I encourage a workplace of many breaks and travels so our teams creative brain is being recharged.
Improving work-life balance: I'm not going to lie, its challenging to balance your work and personal life as a business owner. Even on holiday I am taking this time now to write this blog. I have a laundry list of things to do but on holiday I choose only what I want to do. I hope by you reading this post you book your next holiday or plan time with your family, Or just plan a day to be completely lazy on the couch watching your favourite movies and eating your favorite ice cream.
In America we get stuck in the working wheel house and burnout is a real thing. Taking time away from the hustle and grind provides a fresh perspective of what's important. Life is for living and enjoying, not for killing yourself in the America dream of opportunities.
On that note, I am off to take a swim with my 8 month old nephew. His little baby fat rolls are so adorable I could eat him all up!