The many benefits of offsite meetings

Why to make time away from your desk

In the hustle and bustle of work, all entrepreneurs — even joypreneurs — have a tendency to put our nose to the grindstone and get stuff done. We barely have time for a Starbucks run, never mind yet another meeting, or — gasp! — an offsite retreat.

But as Forbes reported:

When designed and executed well, in-person offsites generate benefits that simply can’t be replicated. And today’s best offsites aren’t anything like the old model of the top-down information dump. Instead, they encourage — and expect — everyone to contribute and engage.”

I wanted to take the Little Nest team on an offsite meeting for a long time. And I felt it was time to carve out a day and make it happen.

I scheduled the offsite a few months in advance to make sure my entire leadership team was available and chose a nice, inspiring local venue called Grace Winery at Sweetwater Farm.

The day of our offsite finally arrived and I couldn’t be more excited!

My kids helped me pack everything I needed as we headed out the door.
Reasons for offsite meetings

There’s no better way to relax and open the mind than yoga, so that’s how we started the day! It really helped us become focused on the purpose of the day’s work and reminded us to leave any preset notions at the door.

Benefits of offsite meetings with yoga

After yoga we reviewed Little Nest’s 10 year plan, 3 year vision, and one year goal. By reminding ourselves of where we want to go long-term and how to get there, it makes shorter-term goal setting so much easier.

After a delicious lunch came the hardest work of the day — listing out the projects we need to accomplish this quarter in order to get to our goals. Lots of crumpled up pieces of paper lay strewn around as we prioritized and then re-prioritized our projects, assigned accountability owners, and set deadlines.

Prioritizing goals for offsite meeting

I truly wish we did this work sooner!

Even solo-preneurs benefit from doing some planning and strategic work offsite from time-to-time. We all tend to run as fast as we can and do everything and anything to make our businesses grow. Funny enough, this typically has the opposite effect and guarantees burnout for you (and your team, if you have one)!

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