How Restaurateurs Can Make Time for Vacations

Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Monday, June 18, 2018

For culinary entrepreneurs who do well in their field, it’s often difficult to find any time to just enjoy life. Between replacing old restaurant dining sets, dealing with upset customers and ordering the precise amount of inventory for the coming week, it’s surprising that restaurateurs even get to go home. Fortunately, running an eatery isn’t an automatic sentence of never leaving town. If you follow these tips, you might just free up enough time to enjoy a vacation destination of your choosing.

Handle Problem Employees Immediately
One of the biggest time-consuming issues restaurateurs run into is dealing with problem employees. Every worker makes a mistake from time to time, but if you don’t handle these issues immediately, they will only continue to get worse. In the long run, this could result in having to come in on your day off to handle an issue, scheduling a staff meeting to go over company policies or even sitting in court over an employment dispute.

To counter this waste of time, you should have stringent policies that define the discipline process and what employees should expect. This isn’t enough, though, since inconsistency can lead to complacency and even accusations of favoritism. This is why you must remain unwavering in the enforcement of your policies.

Create Weekly Priority Lists
Things can change at a moment’s notice in the food and beverage industry, but that doesn’t mean an attempt shouldn’t be made to stay on a preset schedule. If setting up new restaurant dining sets, calling your restaurant supplier and filing your taxes are all priorities this week, set aside a specific time when you plan on getting each done. Once you do this, try your best not to let anything else interfere.

By creating a priority list, you can visualize all of the free time you have during any given week. Do you have two hours with nothing scheduled on Monday? Maybe you should move Wednesday’s chore into that available block of time. By planning ahead and scheduling specific times for certain tasks, your chances of arranging free time for a vacation at the end of the week greatly increases.

Learn to Delegate
Learning to delegate is one of the simplest methods of freeing up time—time that you can use to go out and enjoy yourself. It’s understandable that you’ll want to micromanage everything to ensure perfection, but studies have consistently shown that this form of management greatly decreases employee morale.

Even though you need to be involved, your involvement doesn’t need to constantly stretch into every aspect of running the eatery. Another manager can handle inventory for a day. Someone else can bring the new café chairs in from your dock area. Once you learn to trust your employees to get the job done, you’ll be surprised at how much time is freed up on your calendar.

Being successful in the restaurant industry is a time-consuming endeavor, but it doesn’t have to fully encompass your life. Stress is very bad for your health, so you need time for yourself away from the restaurant. If you can abide by even one of these time management tips, you might just be occupying a restaurant dining set in Miami, New York or wherever it is you want to spend your next vacation. 


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