How to Take a Vacation
I recently took a two-week vacation: 11 days in Hawaii. It was amazing. It was the perfect balance of activity, relaxation and adventure. Getting away allows us to return to our everyday life — including work — motivated and happier. But getting away can be hard.
by Jamie Spannhake
April 27, 2022
In my recent article for Attorney at Work, I wrote about how studies show that taking time away from work has physical and mental health benefits. Relaxing vacations can lower stress, improve our outlook on life, and increase motivation. Time away can provide clarity and reinstate our creativity.
We may know the benefits of time off, but we can’t experience these benefits if we don’t actually take time off. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Travel Association, many of us are not taking time off. In 2020 American workers left an average of 33%, or 5.6 days, of paid vacation on the table. It may be worse than that, though: Some studies suggest that up to 42% of American workers don’t take vacation at all!
I suspect that the reason many of us don’t take vacation is that it requires a lot of time and effort to:
- Plan the time away.
- Get things organized at work so things can move forward even in our absence.
- Catch up when we return.
I get it. It can feel like it’s not worth it to get away. But there are ways to overcome these hurdles.
That's why in my article I share: