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Lead Story

Size matters with big data

News

Industry Update

AmEx joins EMV push

Congress urged not to stifle mobile innovation

Google makes Wallet changes

New Zeus malware puts payments at risk

Features

GS Advisory Board:
New times, new strategies: What are you doing?

ISOMetrics:
Details on big data

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Prepaid EMV reaches U.S. shores

Rev takes off where Square left off

Views

When mobile meets RDC

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Why should a merchant be fired?

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Cooperation, social strategies combat fraud

Nicholas Cucci
Network Merchants Inc.

Five ways to fix your marketing problems

Nancy Drexler
President, Acquired Marketing

Reach your company's peak performance with training

Alan Kleinman
Meritus Payment Solutions

Spotting unlikely service providers in your midst

Chris Bucolo
ControlScan

Company Profile

Ingenico Inc.

New Products

Table for two, please

Harbortouch Reservations
Harbortouch

A mobile-friendly website

Paynet Systems mobile website
Paynet Systems Inc.

Inspiration

Give yourself a break, a long break

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

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The Green Sheet Online Edition

July 23, 2012  •  Issue 12:07:02

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Inspiration

Give yourself a break, a long break

Social scientists have found that leisure experiences increase positive mood, act as a buffer against life's setbacks and open the door to the best times of our lives.
- John De Graff

For many people summer is the perfect time to take a vacation. The weather in many locales is balmy. Resorts throughout the land are geared up to lavish attention on tourists. Most children have time off from regular academic studies. And a bit of relaxation is a traditional part of the season.

Vacations are also good for your health. A significant break from the daily grind offers the chance to fully relax, replenish and restore your mind and body. Taking regular vacations tends to increase happiness and decrease depression. The leisure time vacations afford also helps lower blood pressure and stress.

However, if you own your own business, as many ISOs and merchant level salespeople (MLSs) do, it can be difficult to get away. It can also be a challenge to stop checking email and tending to business even if you're on a far-off beach attempting to enjoy downtime.

If you feel your business won't survive without your attention for a week or two, please change the situation. It is possible that right now you are not as indispensable to your business as you think you are; things might hum along just fine for a short time without any input from you whatsoever. And if your direct, daily involvement is required, you can learn to delegate some of your duties so you can have a break.

Prepare to let go

Here are some actions to take:

If you bring your laptop, tablet computer or phone with you on your trip, check them only occasionally. And if you do receive a call from the office, make sure it really is an emergency before you jump into action. If it's just a difficult situation, consider telling your replacement, "It's your call," and get back to your boat or cabana or romantic dinner.

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