Are you a morning person or a night owl?
You probably have a good grasp of your daily pattern. The bigger challenge is understanding your patterns for refreshing yourself, for getting away and recharging.
With vacation season upon us, we thought it would talk about these patterns. Obviously, your ability to fully control how you take time off depends upon your flexibility at work.
George said that his dad was always looking for a job with two paid vacations a year … six months each!
3 questions to make time off more rewarding
#1 – Do you need a long break or a series of shorter ones?
Some people are so stressed by the time they take a break that a short one just won’t do. They never get past the stress so they can relax and enjoy their time off. If that describes you, then take a long vacation!
Others get more stressed if they’re away from their normal routine too long. They start worrying about getting further and further behind so they don’t relax. If you’re one of these people, take a series of long weekends.
#2 – Do you need a day or two to get back in the swing of things after a break?
Do you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? If so, plan your vacation so you get an extra day or two to “unwind from unwinding”. If that’s not possible, try to schedule your daily routine a little lighter for your first day or two back in “the real world”.
Others get back from vacation, whether long or short, and are immediately ready to jump into daily life again. If that describes you, you can max out your days at your destination.
#3 – Are there certain times of the year when you really need some time off?
Some of us have extremely busy seasons. A break immediately after the season is often the best medicine! You’ll be able to keep pushing, knowing that some needed time off is on the horizon.
Another example is people who live in areas where the winter months are cold, long and dreary. Time away in the sun is just the prescription to cure their winter blues.
take what you’ve been taking any longer”
Our top 5 signs that you need to take a vacation
#5 – The last time your phone rang at your desk, you picked up your stapler and started talking.
#4 – You’re secretly hoping to get sick so you can take a day off.
#3 – You’ve been at the airport so much, security is greeting you by your first name.
#2 – You had to call your spouse and ask for directions home.
#1 – When you look in the mirror, you realize that you actually look like your passport photo.
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