Spending eight hours or more hours cooped up in the office every day can be taxing, especially when the weather outside is beautiful. And your friends' photos of their awesome beach vacation probably aren't helping.
Your business may be your life’s passion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make room for a little fun, too. Follow these Twitter accounts for inspiration on how to set aside time to enjoy your summer.
1. Learn How to Maximize Your Time with @mnthomas
Managing your workload better is essential if you want to carve out a little time off. Luckily, there are plenty of productivity experts willing to help you, but right now, we’re all about award-winning productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas who tweets from @mnthomas.
As the founder and chief trainer of RegainYourTime.com, Nevel Thomas focuses on attention management, an approach that teaches clients how to handle the never-ending flow of information streaming across their desks. Follow her account for productivity tips, such as this tweet about how your workplace may be sabotaging your workflow, and see how much time you can save and put toward your next vacation.
2. Find Affordable Fares with @airfarewatchdog
Like most small-business owners, you’re probably watching every penny. But that just means you need to look for budget-friendly ways to get your R&R.
Start with Airfairwatchdog to find affordable fares. The more flexible you are about your destination, the more useful the @airfarewatchdog feed can be. Or check out the site and sign up for an email alert for your home airport. This tweet announces that you can customize those alerts to exclude your least favorite airlines.
3. Keep Your Eye on the Weather with @NWSSPC
Usually, a last minute getaway means you’re gambling on good weather. Instead of crossing your fingers for sunshine, follow the NOAA / National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
The feed has two benefits for your business. First, you’ll get a heads up about a storm brewing at your vacation spot (example: this tweet). But you’ll also receive word if one’s heading toward your business. Forewarned is forearmed.
By the way, coastal small-business owners, be sure to check out this blog post, too: “3 Ways to Make Sure Your Business Is Ready for Hurricane Season.”
4. Strike the Work-Life Balance with @BCCWF
Even if you have the time, money, and plan, you have to actually take a break from work, and for most workaholic business owners, that is the real challenge. Guilt about leaving your business untended, or at least tended by someone other than you, can ruin your great escape.
But that’s where following the Boston College Center for Work & Family may come in handy. Turns out, vacation is actually good for you and your business! Plus, this feed offers plenty of information about maintaining balance despite your hectic schedule – perfect for when you're back on the clock.
Maybe a getaway just isn’t realistic this year. If that’s the case, perhaps you can pull some quality time with the family while still running the show. CEO of GrowBiz Media Rieva Lesonsky shows you how in “Kids on Summer Break? Get Them Involved with Your Business so Everyone Benefits.”