A few reasons why you should make time to get away from the office and vacate to a different locale.
Your life is busy, and you don’t need anyone to remind you of it. If only you could afford to get away and spend some time at the beach, in the mountains, or walking the streets of the big city where you’ve always wanted to go.
Well…what’s stopping you? Though your over-achieving mindset may think vacation is for the weak and is a hindrance to productivity, the benefits of vacation are alluring enough to get even the biggest workaholic to take off the work clothes and slip into something more comfortable.
Perk #1: Better Health
Ever wondered why your back is hurting, you constantly have the sniffles, and you always want to go to sleep? It may be due to your never-ending work schedule. Catch up some rest and relaxation, and you may find yourself feeling better than you have in years. Taking a vacation can also help lower your blood pressure and make you better prepared to deal with the everyday stresses that come your way. Not worried about your blood pressure levels? People who cut out of work for an annual vacation have also been found to live longer. Interested now?
Perk #2: Boost Productivity
It may seem counterintuitive, but getting away from the office helps you spend your time more wisely when you’re in the office. Feel your brain or body is beat down and cant’ handle much more work? Schedule a vacation and view your time off as a reward for working hard in the coming weeks. Additionally, when you return to work, you’ll be refreshed and more capable of tackling complex and simple problems.
Perk #3: Bigger Perspective
After being stuck in one environment for day after day, week after week, month after month, your creativity can suffer immensely. Give it a boost by exposing yourself to a new environment. Your trip doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic or even exciting. Just going somewhere different will be enough to help you remember that there is a big world outside your workplace. With this mindset, you’ll give yourself a broader perspective that will pay off when you’re trying to think creatively.
Perk #4: Belong Again
When you’re at home, do you feel like an outsider looking in? Use your vacation to change that. Reconnect with your spouse and children in ways that will help you stay connected for the long run. These people are the reason you’re working so hard, and if you aren’t able to enjoy their company and know them intimately, you’ve missed the mark with your hardworking ways. So put down the office key, pack up your swimsuit, and get ready to be reintroduced to your loved ones.
Don’t Take It With You
No matter how tempted you may be, you should never take work with you on vacation. In today’s world, completely getting away from work may seem impossible, but you can do it. Before leaving for vacation, disconnect yourself from the business world. That means turning off your cell phone, leaving your laptop at home, and doing whatever else is necessary to leave work at work.
Feel some sort of pressure to stay connected to work while on vacation? Talk with your boss about your mixed feelings. More than likely, he or she will understand and will give you the thumbs up on a disconnected week away. It may take a couple days to get over the need to stay in contact, but once you stop worrying about e-mail and phone messages, you’ll reap refreshing benefits!