Schedule Your Vacation Days
At first glance planning vacation time seems unnecessary, but the average American loses 3 vacation days a year. You don’t want to be one of them. You also want to have some breaks scattered throughout the year instead of trying to squeeze in all of lpyour days at the end of the year.
Taking time away from the office means unplugging from your work devices. It’s beneficial for your health, stress and creativity. It’s part of creating a balanced and therefore happy life.
This week* look at your calendar and mark-off your known vacation time needs – extra days around holidays, trips you’ve already scheduled, and any other events or visitors coming that you’d like some time off. If your company requires you to request time off, do it now so they can make arrangements for your known absences. If you work for yourself this will allow time to minimize your workload during your time off.
After you’ve penciled in your pre-planned vacation days do you have any days left? If so, try to figure out when you want to take them. Sometimes we hold on to them thinking something fun will pop up or in case we just need them for something unexpected. However, when we do that we tend not to use them until the end of the year and then instead of really being off work, we are sorta off work because we’re still checking in at work. Which means our head is still at work.
Try to pencil in your unscheduled days, even if you don’t officially request them off yet, to do something fun like playing golf, going to the spa, stay in your PJ’s to read or binge watch your favorite TV series. Some of your vacation time should be about recharging your batteries in any manner that feels happy to you. If you have a lot of extra days try to plan a whole week off to take a trip. If that’s not in your budget, do a staycation to visit local attractions, volunteer, or participate in a community event.
If doesn’t matter if you love your job or if it’s simply the way you pay your bills, taking a break recharges your batteries and this increases your happiness @ work.
*Regardless of when you start, do your best to finish planning your vacation time for the year, remember it’s ok to start thinking about next year’s vacation planning, too. A good way to start the new year is to get vacation planning on your January calendar!