How to relax as an Entrepreneur on Ibiza

Last week I was asked by Virgil & Marisa on my thoughts about how to relax as an Entrepreneur on Ibiza. It was a striking question because for me this touches an aspect of which I have been able to develop myself on the last years.

One of the main reasons of moving to Ibiza was to get us a different lifestyle. A lifestyle that is more balanced in terms of work and living outside and a lifestyle that provides us the opportunity to have more quality time in our lives. Fast forward a few steps and suddenly you are living on Ibiza but still working your ass of, leaving you hardly any time to do all those other things.


It looked like having a business just doesn’t leave you time to relax. After a critical analysis about myself and my goals I was able to make structural changes that allowed me to make the most of Sea Amigos and my personal life as well.

As most suggestion are based on personal reflection, not all may be of help to you but please use those you can relate to in your own personal situation. This blog both emphasises how to be able to relax as well as how to make most use of your beloved quality time.

Make to-do lists, get yourself a Blackboard!

It so easy to do yet I didn’t do it. Off course I always have a small list of things to do but that’s hardly what I mean. I made a blackboard on which I have short-term goals and long-term goals, all divided in smaller steps and structured based on priority.

This not only helps me to create an overview, it also helps me to empty my head and focus on the things that need to be done. Being able to work more efficiently means I have more time to do other things, also when I’m finally relaxing I don’t have to think of all those things I may not forget.

It’s on my Blackboard! As a special bonus: Scraping off bullet points from your blackboard is a great feeling! You know the party really starts when you have an empty blackboard!


Do what you love, make working your meditation

Most of the time people see relaxing versus working as mutually exclusive. I believe this is not necessarily true. Especially not when you are doing something you absolutely love to do. I love boats and most of all I love going out on the sea. Taking people out for a beautiful day charter or answering calls to excited clients who wish to hire a boat is something I hardly call work. I would do it for free that’s how much I love it!

Some may view hosing down the boats as being a cleaner, but being out there doing that in the evening sun to prepare for another beautiful day makes it really nice to do. Same goes for meeting with partners, you always get to know new and potentially nice people. What’s not to like about that? It’s a matter of perspective.

Youri Claessens Photography

Youri Claessens Photography

Go out!

We didn’t go to Ibiza to stay all day inside staring to at our screen! Go out! It’s actually a bullet point on my Blackboard. Not that I actually would forget otherwise but because it is a high priority for me. Not only do my girlfriend, me or my dogs deserve some time at the beach or a good hike together every other day, it’s also good for your business.

Relaxing is very important for your brain and going out always helps me to make good decisions. I always find that nature is very healing to me and we are lucky to have so much of it here so make use of it! It’s today we live, not tomorrow.

We live in a true paradise being that besides the beautiful nature and coastline we have all those great restaurants and beautiful clubs. Every single night and day there is something special to do. Make use of it and enjoy to the fullest, however, don’t overdo it, as we’ll see next!

Relax with the booze, Sleep well, Eat Healthy.

This is an interesting one but in my opinion VERY important. Especially on Ibiza. Running a business is top sport and it amazes me how badly most of us treat our bodies when we have great responsibilities that require focus and sound reasoning.

Trust me, I’m all in for a great party every now and then but I know my limits very well. Especially in high season I make sure to keep my stuff together. When doing this you can actually really relax when you have time available instead of only sleeping because your body is screaming for it.


I know that loads of friends are coming over during the summer and for them it will be their holiday so they likely go completely wasted. It’s great, just remember that it’s impossible to join every time as we are actually living here.

In 5 days your friends will be gone, getting back to reality, and you will still be here. Probably waiting at the airport for a new group of ‘friends’ to arrive. Fresh and sober, ready to go crazy and expecting from you to join. Know your limits. Treat your body well and it will do the same for you!


It adds up to my previous point about taking care of your body and your brain. Exercising is a very good tool to reset your body and brain and literally sweating everything out.

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Various studies  have proven that exercising improves focus, mood, health and work productivity and therefore should be an integral part of your job. Although to me working out is a form of relaxation as well I know not everyone thinks the same about that.


What I do know however is that when you exercise regularly you will be better at your job, you will be healthier, you will be happier and you will be able to relax better because you feel good about yourself and in control! Maybe time to join a group workout at The Workout Club Ibiza


Because if you don’t laugh any single day what do you want to relax for! Have fun in your work and while going out.

2017-06-29T16:29:19+00:00 By |Interviews|2 Comments

About the Author:

Virgil is the co founder of The Ibiza Way. He has a mission to help as many entrepreneurs all around the world to improve their business The Ibiza Way. Ibiza is his base the world is his stage. Oh yes and he loves the flip flop lifestyle.


  1. John Cowell October 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    When I read the article name, I thought to myself: “There better be a point about exercise and healthy living in there somewhere.” I guess I was not disappointed. Fitness holidays and workout programs in Ibiza are wonderful, and I cannot even begin to list all of their benefits. I am so glad Ibiza is being advertised for such activities, healthy food and proper relaxation, aside from all of the great parties. I can only hope things will continue like this for time to come.

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