4 Reasons to Take a Day Off During Business Travels

Think of your day like Newton’s first law of motion. Your body will stay at rest if there aren’t any outside forces acting upon it (your alarm clock, your kids, your job, etc.). But it’s important to remember that the opposite is also true.

You’ll never get a moment of rest and relaxation unless you act. Business trips have especially full schedules and rarely provide time to unwind. Add jet lag to the equation, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

But giving yourself a day off has benefits to your mental and physical health, and it could even improve the way you do business because:

1.It clears your mind. Stepping away from a busy schedule lets you think without looming deadlines clouding your thought process.

2.It’s beneficial to your health. Without the requirement to rush out of bed, you won’t feel that jet lag burnout, and you’ll be able think on your feet more often.

3.It allows you to be thankful. If you run your own business, it’s easy to lose sight of why you work for yourself. When you create a day for yourself, you’ll quickly remember why you started your own business instead of driving a desk for someone else.

4.It gives you leads. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people who are potential customers, partners, or friends.

Traveling for business is rarely synonymous with “vacation.” However, if you put a little extra effort into planning your trip, you can enjoy all the benefits of a mini-vacation. The best way to do this is by giving your employees or yourself a day to explore the area.

Claim Your Free Day

When planning a day of R & R during a business trip, I take into account who I know in the area or if the locale has an attraction I can mark off my bucket list.

If you do know a client in the area, this is a perfect opportunity to get to know him or her outside of a business setting. Business relationships are more fruitful when there’s strong rapport, and enjoying a city together is a great start.

Otherwise, exploring on your own is never a bad idea, and taking time to see something new will make a difference in how you perceive your business.

Taking a break and allowing your employees to do the same shows your human side, and it will set a good example for your company culture.

Set the Standard

R & R doesn’t have to happen on the road. It can be as simple as taking an extra hour at lunch to reset, having your next company meeting in a fun setting, or peeling out of the office an hour early once a week so employees can spend extra time with family.

Today, the well-oiled office archetype doesn’t have to be a strict 9-to-5 schedule. Responsible employees will get the job done when it needs to be done and understand that some days require 15 hours while others only require two.

At the end of the day, we’re all human. Relaxation is as vital to productivity as a can-do attitude. By ensuring you have a company culture that embraces a healthy balance between work and R & R, your employees will go above and beyond — and explore the world while they’re at it.


Chris Thornham is a co-founder of FLO Cycling (http://www.flocycling.com/), which engineers aerodynamic cycling wheels. The company uses computational fluid dynamics software to develop its wheels and verifies its results in a wind tunnel. Less than three years after launching, the company has sold 10,000 wheels to customers in 51 countries. Chris enjoys learning, triathlon training, skiing, hiking with his dog, and spending time with family.

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