So, why should you work while you’re on vacation? I believe vacation should be a blend of work and relaxation. Vacations shouldn’t be all play, no work, and I have three main reasons for that:
1. Gratitude. When I have work to do on vacation, it makes me more grateful for the fun times. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much fun. Sometimes, vacation can be too much unscheduled time. You’ll be more thankful for the leisure time if you have some work to break it up.
2. Momentum. Have you ever taken a lengthy vacation and found it really hard to get back to work after? Have you spent days playing catch-up and struggling to get things back on-track? Working while on vacation keeps you focused, so getting back to your normal work routine is easier once you get home.
3. It’s Not Work. This is the biggest reason of all. To me, work doesn’t feel like work. I get to do what I love every day. My work is part of my every day life. Because of one person my wife and I met, we now make $213,000 from renting out six condos. An idea from another person we met while on a fun getaway resulted in over $100,000 in revenue. To us, working while on vacation means getting to know people, learning new things, and sharing ideas.
For example, I just recently met someone who has a lot of experience in the movie industry and was able to give me a lot of inside knowledge. I learned things I never would have learned if I hadn’t taken a bit of time on my vacation to talk business. One conversation can turn into limitless opportunities and value.
On top of these three reasons, I also come up with some of my best ideas while on vacation. When I’m having fun and my mind’s relaxed, I get ideas, I write them down, and then I implement them as soon as possible.
A while ago I spent some time visiting family in Sacramento, and while I still had lots of fun, I also got up early to work on my Amazon stores and the Just One Dime coaching program. The late mornings, afternoons, and evenings were free to spend time with my family – but my business is part of my life, and I balance business with fun.
If you love what you do, and your business is part of who you are, you’re never out of the business mindset. You might sit down for a nice meal with your spouse and write a million-dollar idea down on a napkin, because your brain is never on vacation. When your business is your purpose, you live it every day.