How Business Owners Can Take a Break, Relax, and in General Have More Fun

As draining as entrepreneurship can be, the mere idea of taking a break is terrifying for small business owners. If you’re ever going to reboot and recharge, you have to learn to reward yourself!

My slice of the week is perfect for those entrepreneurs in dire need of re-energizing. Plug yourself in, so your small business can keep growing and growing and growing…

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Recently I spoke to a group of entrepreneurs and asked them, “How many of you feel guilty when you’re having fun?” And almost everyone raised their hand.

This is part of the curse of the entrepreneurship that drives you forward constantly, but it’s not healthy. If you had a top employee, someone who works extra hours for little pay, and always came up with wonderful ideas, how would you treat that employee?

Well, you ARE that employee in your business and you deserve to treat yourself with respect.

So I recommend that once a day and once a week, you schedule time to have a little bit of fun. This will help you have better balance and be more successful as an entrepreneur.

I’d like you to share in the comments section below, how do you have fun?

Also, if you’ve got a question you’d like me to answer in a future video, ask that below as well.

Thanks for watching. Now go recharge your batteries.

Join the conversation: How do you have fun?

I respond to every question and comment. So, please, join the conversation!

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21 Archived Responses to “How Business Owners Can Take a Break, Relax, and in General Have More Fun”

  1. bdelidow says:

    Best break: Walking with my dogs. And without the cell phone…

  2. Andrew D says:

    Sometimes its just watching some ridiculous TV. The entire series of Arrested Development is on Netflix 😉

  3. Driving high end cars on a track in Las Vegas. I need to do that more! Thx Dave!

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Oh, man. I’m with you, Tom! I’m typically not a huge car guy, but got to do that last year with EO. It was a blast!

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  4. I ride my bicycle and watch movies. Both clear the mind.

  5. John says:

    For quick breaks just to refresh myself, I like watching funny videos on Youtube. For longer weekend breaks, I enjoy watching movies with my wife… I also find it relaxing to play my guitar. 🙂

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Nice! I’m a big fan of YouTube videos to wind down for a few minutes in the middle of the day. Thanks, John.

  6. Mrs. T says:

    Watching 60s sitcoms, playing games with my husband, relaxing in the southern Nevada sun!

  7. Steve says:

    Watching movies at the theater with my wife,(nice to go into a different environment than my work); dinner or lunch-sometimes, with my wife; reading for pure pleasure with no learning agenda; playing with the grand kids – they are full of fun and spontaneity.

    Rejuvenation is a definite key. Thank you for sharing Dave.


    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      I use the movie one on a monthly basis myself, Steve. There’s something oddly decadent-feeling about going to an IMAX movie at 10:30 on a Tuesday with no one else in the theater. 🙂

  8. Great reminder Dave. I schedule a bike ride once a week like any other appointment or task so it is on my calendar–less chance of being just skipped that way when I am too busy.

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Great point, Dave H. We need to schedule the time to take these relaxation breaks, then treat them as important as a call or meeting with a best customer.

      Thanks for the comment!

  9. Zeya says:

    Thanks Dave for reminding us to step back and rejuvenate ourselves. Even the best car in the world needs to stop and get gas. My wife and I relax by watching Netflix shows. Just watched Broadchurch and it was great! Now that the weather is nicer we plan to do a lot more walking.

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Wondeful, Zeya! I’m glad to hear you’re connecting with your spouse as part of your rejuvenation. I think we all need these kinds of mini-harvests for both ourselves and our family.

  10. Melanie Bell says:

    Since we have two young children and my husband works during the day, I finally figured out a good system. The kids and I hang out during the day taking short trips or just playing outside. I then work an some afternoons and mostly from 8 pm – midnight. I make sure I have a plan for the 4 hours and I can get a lot done as well as delegating more work to my staff. We have also been taking day trips on the weekends or just hanging out at home. That is enough for now until the kids get a bit older! Next, how to have my husband quit his job and move into running his business full time?

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Thanks for the interesting question, Melanie. I’ve added it to our potential Q3 film list. In the meantime, the answer is: very slowly, very cautiously, one step at a time. Set a) target dates, b) target results for those dates (i.e. what you need to accomplish), and c) what step you’ll take toward exiting if you accomplish that result..