2 July 2012
As Americans, we pride ourselves on working hard and doing whatever we feel is necessary for our jobs. This often means working long hours and being unable to turn off the stress of the workplace when we’re home with our families. Most of us are given a certain number of vacation days to use each year, but an increasing number of us are forgoing these days in favor of even more time in the daily grind.
The common thought is that, if you take a vacation, they’ll miss out on important developments at work. In this economy, employees wear the title of “workaholic” like a badge of honor.
But does working 16 hour days, without a vacation in sight, have any tangible benefits?
Not really, when you think about it.
The constant stress of a busy workplace can actually kill productivity. Imagine that you have a major project you’re working on with a hard deadline. You stay at work long after everyone else has gone home for the day in order to crank it out. But after hours upon hours of work, you lose focus and your brain can no longer come up with useful ideas.
Imagine that you’re working on the same project, but you break up the work into smaller chunks of time. It’s beneficial to turn off the computer, sleep on it, and come back refreshed the next day.
The same is especially true of vacation time. If you have it available to you, use it! That’s what it’s there for! It will give you the chance to spend quality time with your family and to recharge your batteries away from work. Changes are that you’ll come back from vacation with new inspirations and be able to look at projects with fresh eyes.
Enjoy the summer and relax when you can!