Relaxation Boosts Productivity

It’s summer time, the weather is beautiful, and it’s hard to be inside working. If you’re like most small business owners, you’re working round the clock and you haven’t had a real vacation in years. Your to-do list is a mile long and there is no end in sight. Your focus is on keeping your business afloat and you’re working hard to do that.

Herein lies a paradox: the harder we work, the less effective we are. When we are tired, our creative problem-solving abilities decline significantly. For the small business owner this is particularly problematic because you are already getting by on limited resources to keep your business afloat. If you cut your brain power, you become less and less effective in allocating those limited resources effectively to grow your business. This causes that feeling we’ve all had of working harder and harder, but getting less and less accomplished.

As it turns out, business owners who take time to relax actually experience more business success than those who don’t. Ironically, it’s the time away from your business that grows your business. My clients often come back from vacations with new insights about ways to move their business forward. They’ve had ideas about how to better serve their Ideal Clients, cut costs by dropping products or services not utilized by their Ideal Clients, and various other ways to simplify business while increasing profit.

When our mind relaxes, we make better decisions and we spot opportunities we wouldn’t have seen when we’re nose down, working through our to-do list.

If you’re bogged down in your business, struggling with tough decisions about how best to allocate your limited resources, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to take a vacation!

Get out there. Summer is short. In fact, it’s only 12 weeks. Enjoy!

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.