The beauty of gaining distance from your business

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Ever hear the phrase ‘can’t see the forest from the trees’? It’s something small business owners struggle with every day — are you in need of a ‘bizcation’?

We know that small business owners are deeply invested in their business – financially, emotionally, and intellectually.

For example, MYOB research that in the lead-up to the end of financial year 37 percent of small business owners had worked weekends to get ready.

Twenty three percent had admitted working past midnight to get ready.

It’s a familiar tale for small business owners around the country, and it’s one which could have long-term negative effects on your business.

You may meet a sales target, but what’s one sales target in the scheme of things?

Business is a marathon, not a sprint, after all.

Not only are small business owners risking their own mental and physical wellbeing by obsessing about the minutae of their businesses – they’re risking seeing the big picture.

The role of rest in generating the creative and innovative ideas which will take your business to the next level can’t be overstated, as demonstrated by one Don Draper below.

 

 

Think about all the revolutionary ideas in business, all the billion-dollar game-changers.

They were unlikely caused by an overworked manager trying desperately trying to make a cashflow gap disappear – they were the result of the mind at relative rest.

The Post-It-Note was the result not of the day to day, but of time 3M carved out for it employees to pursue passion projects.

Time off from the day to day of running a business allows more creative processes to take place, and lets a savvy business owner look at the market around them to see where the gap lies.

It’s hard to see the gap in the market if your face is five inches away from a laptop screen at 1am.

It’s why spending time away from your business is so vital.

How MYOB is helping you get away

With the importance of rest in mind, MYOB has teamed up with Nurture Change to offer two lucky winners a trip to Fiji to take part in a business retreat aimed to get busy business owners out of the office.

Nurture Change is a five day, four night summit at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa where business owners are given the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers while connecting with fellow business owners.

The summit is aimed at focusing business owners’ attention on what matters, instead of the nitty-gritty of their businesses.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is head to our Facebook page and tell us in 25 words or less why you’re in need of a ‘bizcation’.

You can view the full terms and conditions here.