An international study by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that professionals, executives, and business owners in the U.S. and 36 other countries now work a whopping 72-hour week. The study says this group only averages about three hours a day for “discretionary” time during workdays for things like exercise, eating, and errands.
So, if the average business owner is working 72 hours a week, chances are their vacation time is minimal to non-existent. Many business owners give themselves a standard week of vacation (similar to what they give their employees) and never give much thought to whether or not they need more based on their position or workload.
This lack of time away leads to a variety of anxiety symptoms and can hinder your ability to think clearly and grow your business.
So, is a week enough? Not at all. As a business owner, you should take at minimum four weeks of vacation time. With at least a week each quarter to recoup and regroup.