Making Money On Vacation
I had a wonderful time off last week. It’s great to spend time away from your business…where you don’t even think about it for a week or more. You come back refreshed and re-energized. If you can’t take time fully away from your business, you don’t own a business. You simply own a JOB…and a poor one at that (good jobs provide paid vacations).
As always, while I was off, money kept coming in. Products were sold. New subscribers were added to my lists.
What I found most interesting though was that my RSS feed subscribers and email subscribers to this blog went up while I was on vacation. Even though I didn’t have any new posts added here over the last week, I came back with more subcribers than when I left. There was less traffic here on the blog while I was off, but I personally care more about the long-term subscriber numbers.
When was the last time you took a complete vacation? This means not answering your cell phone (it wasn’t even turned on all last week), not answering business related email, and not reading any business blogs.
One thing I realized is that I’ve been letting Friday’s slide into work lately. My favorite schedule is working Monday through Thursday with a 3 day weekend every week (except for occasional conferences a few times per year).
Well I started off by answering emails Friday morning…and then I kept giving myself excuses why I should do a little more on Friday. Eventually I started letting work slide into Friday as a work day. BIG MISTAKE! I could tell the difference over the past 2 months as I was getting tired of working on into Fridays and accomplishing less on other days.
So I will reinforce my normal schedule of Monday through Thursday only. This keeps me full of energy and excitement for when I’m working with my clients and on my own businesses.
What schedule works best for you? You might love long weekends like I do…or you might thrive on longer vacations. Maybe you prefer taking off a day every other day. It’s up to you to determine and possibly even experiment with what kind of schedule produces the absolute best results.
It’s so easy to allow yourself to work more, but you’ll quickly find those extra hours are not accomplishing anymore. You’re simply wasting them because you’re not at 100% focus. It’s not a contest to see who can earn the most money the fastest. To me, it’s all about earning more, working less, and having fun doing it.Related Entries:
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