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Take a Break While the Weather's Good

Recharge your batteries, connect with your team in a new way, and have some fun while the summer sun lasts.
August 28, 2006

Summer is my favorite time of the year. The weather is warm, the days are long, and people just seem to be in a better mood overall. The rules people live by during the rest of the year seem to be more flexible during the summer months: You allow yourself to eat ice cream, play hooky and stay up past your normal bedtime more when the weather's nice. For entrepreneurs, summer can also be a great time to recharge your batteries.

Last summer, I took an extended break for a milestone birthday, but you don't have to wait for a big occasion or until you get completely burned out to take advantage of the summer months. There are lots of great ways to shake up your routine and boost your energy; one is to take a minivacation (every business owner should consider taking one before the weather cools down). If you can get away, here are some ideas for your day of R&R:

So what are you waiting for? If you're looking for permission, you've got it. If you need something to celebrate, you'll find a million great things around you if you only stop to think--choose one to be grateful for today. If you don't see anything on this list that looks fun to you, take some time to come up with your own ideas, but don't let the summer pass you by without taking a break and recharging your batteries. You owe it to yourself, your customers and your business.