I was reminded this week of Bill Gates` annual trip to a cabin somewhere in the Puget Sound to plan and think about the future of his business and his industry. Apparently, it`s pretty primitive (what would be primitive to Bill Gates? No video phone and a 21 inch TV?) and he spends several days of quiet time just reflecting and writing his vision.
I take an annual 4 day weekend trip with my husband each summer and we spend a large amount of time sitting in the sun talking business. It`s really energizing and inspiring. I always come back with new ideas and renewed excitement for my business.
Do you make time time literally just sit and think about your business? I think entrepreneurs run on over-drive most of the time and don`t have a lot of "down time". Sometimes we are just re-active rather than being pro-active because we don`t take the time to really sit down and think and plan. I am a big advocate of business retreats - even if it`s just one night at Embassy Suites sitting at a desk with your laptop.