The end of summer and start of fall is officially upon us and so, naturally, I want to talk about vacation.
Do you take time off in the summer, around the holidays or are you planning on attending an out of town conference in the coming months?
If so, the Business Playbook is your saving grace when you will not have the time you normally do to work in your business. The Playbook, in case you’re unaware, is the detailed account of how you do things in your business. The Playbook enables you to automate work through systems and as a result you work more efficiently, and gives your team a necessary resource to support you.
In a normal week the Playbook enables you to focus on serving clients, creating content and growing your business. But in the times when you’re away from your home base the Playbook enables you to truly relax knowing everything has been taken care of.
Does it mean nothing will ever go wrong? Of course not, but having the Playbook means you’ll be able to determine what wasn’t covered much easier and adapt next time.
What kind of things should your Playbook cover in case of vacation?
How about auto responders for your email instructing colleagues who they should contact in your absence? And not just your email but phone answering service, messages received via social media and any member platforms you host. You might also consider a weekly checklist of all the things you review in your business. Before a trip it’s also a good time to prioritize what you must do when you return so the first days back are productive and focused.
I’m definitely a list maker and last year, before leaving for a trip to the UK for two weeks, I made a comprehensive list for my house sitter. It included police and fire department numbers, emergency contact in town, what day the trash went out, timing for the sprinklers, key to the wine cabinet, the wifi password – all the necessities.
And for my next trip I don’t have to rewrite that list, I simply open the document and make a few updates such as my arrival and departure date. In doing so I save myself time and energy so I can relax during the trip knowing everything is handled.
How much more important is it to have things covered in the business?
This is truly a critical step to growth as the solo entrepreneur can never truly take time off – you’ll see them posting and answering customer service on a trip, they’re the passengers on the plane who buy wifi access so they don’t miss a moment and are instantly checking their phones for messages upon arrival.
Some will call it dedication, others will call it obsession. But the business owner who cannot ‘power down’ and enjoy the relaxation of a trip or staycation is going to burn out.
I’ve got my own trip coming up and as I build systems I have an offer for you. Opt in below and receive a complimentary 2 hour session to build out a custom system for your Playbook. I call it the “Get me Vacation Ready” Playbook session and spaces are limited and based on availability so sign up today and you’ll hear back from my team within 1 business day so we can get started!
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Think of sitting on the beach, listening to the waves break over the sand and feeling your body and mind relax knowing that your business is okay. Together we can get you to that place whether you’re on a beach, skiing the slopes or skydiving.