Why Taking Time Off Can Increase Your Earnings


Have you ever been tempted to take time off but decided against it because of the fact that being away could cost you money?

I reckon that anyone who is self employed worries about losing out financially when they aren’t working their normal routine. However, I recently took a trip away for a few days and when I got back I discovered that the break helped me earn more money than I was doing before I went away. Here’s how.

Come Back Refreshed

It seems fair to say that we all get tired and jaded after a while. No matter how much you enjoy your work you are sure to benefit from getting away from it for a while. In fact, I find that short but regular breaks are essential for keeping me fresh. Taking a complete break is the best way of all. I once tried to take a partial break from work, or a workation or whatever it is they call it these days. After all, if you can work online then it seems like a great idea, as all you need to do is take a laptop or a smartphone with you and you can do stuff to earn money while, hey, having a great time. Sadly, this isn’t as great an idea as it seems at first. Instead, you can find that you get caught between the two things and don’t work well or relax enough. On the other hand, if you can forget all about work for at least a few days then you can come back feeling refreshed and ready to earn money by working harder and better.

See New Things and Get New Ideas

If you work in the same sort of way as me then you sit in front of your computer for a lot of time. This is fine, and working from home is still the best way of earning a living as far as I am concerned. Having said that, one of the problems of working like this is that it is easy to fall into a routine in which you don’t see many new things or get new ideas. If you take some time off then there are a couple of ways in which you can feel the benefit of new ideas. The first one is by simply having some breathing space in which you can think more clearly about things. Personally, there is nothing I like better than sitting on a plane or a bus on a long journey in which I have nothing on my mind. At times like this I will often come up with new ideas which would never have occurred to me while I was in front of the PC. The other thing that could happen is that you see other people working and get some inspiration from how they go about their job.

Keep the Family Happy and On Your Side

Finally, I can’t forget to mention the benefit of keeping your family happy. When we have gone some time without getting away it can be a real struggle to keep everyone happy while working to a good level. If you take some time away for your job then it will help them to stay happy. That way when you get back down to work again you won’t feel guilty about spending the time you need to devote to building up your income. You might even find that the other members of your family are keen to help you out when they are feeling good after a break.

Has taking time off ever helped you increase your income?

8 Responses to Why Taking Time Off Can Increase Your Earnings

  1. I always feel refreshed and more productive after I’ve stepped away for a bit. Even if it’s just to go out for a run.

  2. I won’t say that taking a time off has helped me increase my income, but taking a time off helped me realized where I want to go in life and the goals that I want to achieve.

  3. I’ve never taken time off from work but I think the concept is valid. I lift weights a lot and usually plateau and can’t increase the weight. If I’ve been lifting for weeks without taking time off, I’ll take a week off from hitting the gym. That week off is just what my muscles needed to recover and heal. When I come back, 99% of the time I am stronger in all of my lifts. So to me, this concept makes complete sense.

  4. NZ Muse says:

    I can’t tell you HOW refreshed I am after taking a sabbatical to travel. My energy levels are also wayyyy higher; I hope this lasts.

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