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For many people, summer is the season for the enviable business of exotic travel (or local adventures at the very least). Reading, gardening, barbeque cook-offs and shorter working hours also make up the pleasure list. However, not so for majority of the UK’s business owners. Infact, according to Management Today, a Sage survey revealed that almost 50% of UK business owners are going to be too busy to get away for a summer break. The survey, of 1,000 businesses, also found that of those who did say they were off on their hols this year, 16% have opted to stay in the UK in order to save costs. Will you be going anywhere nice? Do share in the comments box below if so!

Although there’s plenty of evidence to show how important it is to take a break, the reality is that most business owners simply cannot afford the luxury of totally switching off. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can really afford to mix business with pleasure. For instance, working holidays and staycations allow for relaxing and catching up with loved ones whilst keeping a watchful eye on the reins of commerce. Summer is a time when I get really inspired to move my life and business forward. Whether I’m on a beach somewhere fancy like Miami, chilling out at good old Wicksteed Park in Kettering, relaxing with family and friends or attending business events, I am constantly soaking up creative ideas.

Third and fourth quarters are critical times in business. This summer do take a break. But. Be sure to make time to learn, get inspired and ‘re-strategise’ so that you can hit the ground running after the summer break and achieve your business goals by the end of the year.

What have I been up to?

In May, I spoke at the Inspiring Women in Business Event at London’s ExCel, an event which also featured Penny Power (social media pioneer and founder of Ecademy), Saira Khan and Kimberley Davis (both contestants on BBC TV’s The Apprentice) as well as Rachel Elnaugh (founder of Red Letter Days and panelist on The Dragon’s Den).  It was a very enlightening experience and ever since fellow business people have been asking me whether it was time well spent or not.

The truth is that when I started my entrepreneurial journey a few years ago, instinctively I started to do 2 things:

  1. Write expert articles.
  2. Speak at and deliver useful events.

It was what I knew, what I enjoyed. Then all of a sudden, I started listening to too many experts and soon burnt out trying to keep up with all the fancy things that people in business were supposed to be doing.

Thankfully, I have been able to step back, take a good hard look at what works best for me and invest my limited time and resources on those activities. I am grateful for technology and social media etc. but thankfully have learnt that at the end of the day, people are still people and even within business circles, people just want to communicate and relate with other ‘real people’. So, take a step back today and sincerely ask yourself if you’re keeping things simple enough.

A Big Thank You!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for being a valued reader and for supporting me in one way or the other over the years. #Gratitude

Do look out for some very exciting business events from Creativity and Sense (we do mean both local and globally accessible events). In the mean time, get creative, be inspired and GROW!

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Ogo Ogbata is a writer, teacher, innovator and strategist.

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