Americans do not take their vacation days. One study found that Americans leave half of their vacation days unused. Another study noted that over half of the workforce feels overworked and nearly a third report that they don’t have time to reflect on their jobs or performance. Many of us feel that working without break is a sign of dedication; however, overwork will hurt, not help, our job performance.
Any athlete knows that rest and recovery is key to achievement and growth. Work is no different. We’re reluctant to take a much-needed vacation, but often find that it is during these breaks that we discover our biggest and best ideas. If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, take our advice and be sure to get away, even if it’s just for a long weekend. Here are three reasons you’ll be glad you did:
Perspective. When you’re mired in the day-to-day, you lose sight of the big picture. When you get away you get the chance to remember what you care about and why you do what you do.
Ideas. It’s hard to have new insight when you’re stuck in the same old grind. Changing your location can spark fresh ideas and inspiration.
Energy. Routine breeds monotony. When you get away to rest, you will come back refreshed and reinvigorated to dive into your work.