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As an entrepreneur, you are no stranger to the 12-hour work day, working nights and weekends, getting up early on your birthday and holidays to get in a few hours, and taking business calls while watching your kids play soccer. This is all a part of running your own business. While being an entrepreneur does require a lot of work and a lot of hours, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any time off. It is essential that you find a way to take time off, preferably at least one full day every week. Here are some reasons why:

Your Brain Functions Better With Rest

It might seem like the more hours you work, the more you will get done, but it is actually quite the opposite. Your brain can’t run nonstop and keep working at its best. It needs rest, just like your body does. If you fail to take days off, you are not letting your brain relax and unwind, which keeps you from working at full capacity. This in turn can cause you to reduce your quality of work and effectiveness, make you miss important things, and really keeps you from being as successful as possible. Try to find some way to take a day off during the week and focus on other things.

Taking Time Off Allows You to Be More Creative

Another way you can benefit by taking time off when you run a business is by being more creative. When you work too much without a day off, you are focused on the busy tasks, promotions, and money earning activities, but you don’t really have time to just think about other aspects of your business. Lack of creativity can make it hard for you to advance in your business or find new, prosperous avenues to pursue. However, if you can take a day off every week, your mind starts thinking more about other parts of your affiliate business, where you can actually come up with new ideas since you aren’t focused so much on the work that needs to be done that day.

You Can Reduce Your Stress For Long-Term Success

Stress from work can be overwhelming and can make it difficult to function normally on a daily basis. You need time to unwind and focus on your life, your family, and your friends; a time devoted to  having fun with hobbies, taking a nap, running errands, and spending time with your loved ones. Doing this every week gives you a day where you aren’t as stressed since your mind is ore-occupied. The work will still be there tomorrow when you get back.

Tips For Taking Time Off

Knowing the importance of taking a day off every week is just the beginning; you also need to figure out how to fit this into your busy schedule. Here are some tips for taking time off:

Work longer days when necessary – If you find that at this point in time, you just can’t spare the time each week to do no work, then try to work longer days during the week. That way, you are still technically working the same number of hours and getting as much done, but you are then able to take a full day off to yourself. This is not the ideal way to do it, but it does give you that break you need.

Delegate certain work tasks one day a week – Try to figure out work tasks you can delegate to others, as this will reduce how much you are doing each week, which hopefully allows you to take some time off when needed.

Schedule your day off and stick to it – In the end, it might just take adding to your schedule that you are taking a day off regardless of what that means. There may be times when you have to do a little bit of work on your scheduled day off, but for the most part, try to stick to it. Actually having it in your schedule keeps you from trying to schedule business errands or conference calls on your day off.

Schedule Ahead – As an affiliate marketer, you have the ability to schedule many of your daily tasks in advance. Take advantage of that unique advantage of working online and schedule your work ahead of time so you have the ability to enjoy your time off without needing to check in regularly or wonder if everything is getting done.

Taking a day or two off every week will allow you to work at a much higher capacity, be more creative, and come back to work with a refreshed mind and new sense of motivation. Use some of the tips mentioned above to schedule your next day off. You’ll be glad you did, and your performance will likely improve because of it.