The fun has to end sometime. I had a great two weeks traveling through Belize. But now it’s time to buckle down and get some work done.
What’s interesting about this experience is it was the first time I’ve traveled without my laptop. Plus I made the conscious choice to NOT use the Internet for anything besides booking hotels/activities.
So this trip gave me a 100% break from my online business.
Why did I do this?
I did it to have what’s known as a “Think Week” (or two weeks in my case.)
This is something Bill Gates has done for many years.
Twice a year, he locks himself in a room for a week and focuses on creative thinking.
From these think weeks, Gates has come up with many ideas that have helped improved the success of Microsoft.
Now I didn’t exactly lock myself in a room. Instead I did a lot of things that recharged the old batteries. I lounged on the beach. I snorkeled and got to pet a nurse shark. I hiked a few times; including a trip through a Jaguar preserve. I rented a car and drove around all of Belize. And I hopped across the border; spending a day in Guatemala.
Most importantly, I did a lot of thinking.
When I wasn’t actively doing something, I wrote pages of ideas that I’ll use to expand both my Internet business and personal life.
I’ve discovered the benefit of think week is disconnecting. I love having an Internet business. But sometimes you need to unplug from the Matrix. Spending 365 days a year on the Internet is the quickest path to burn out. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to take time off.
Now…disconnecting doesn’t mean you have to be lazy.
Instead it’s the perfect time to analyze an Internet business on a macro level. Why do want one? How can you improve it? What can you do to make it better? What are the actions that will take you to the next level?
All of these are questions that I was able to answer by taking a step back from my business. Right now, I’m armed with dozens of lists/diagrams/plans that I’ll immediately use to improve both my professional and personal life.
What’s my point?
I think anyone can benefit from taking time off from the Internet. You don’t necessarily have to go to another country to do this. And you don’t even need a week off.
Instead, try this. Designate one a day week where you don’t touch a computer. No email. No Internet. And most certainly nothing related to your business.
Yes, you might lose a little bit of “work time.” But what you’ll get back is so much more. You’ll have time to think what you need to do to improve your business. More importantly, you’ll have a renewed sense of energy and purpose.
I urge you to try to do a think week (or day) once in awhile. You’ll discover it’s a great way to come up with breakthrough ideas for an Internet business.
ONE FINAL NOTE: I was hoping to post some pictures from my trip. But my girlfriend has most of them on her camera. So hopefully I’ll be able to post them for Saturday’s selection.
It was a great time, but I’m glad to be back!To Your "Internet Lifestyle",