Leslie Rubero

How To Make The Most Of Your Vacation Time

As a general rule, I am sure that most people wished they were allowed more vacation time, but did you know that only about 60% of us actually use all of our available vacation days? Shocking, right? You deserve some time off & making sure that you take those much needed vacays can be beneficial to your mental & physical health as well as your productivity levels back at the job. It has been proven time and time again: employees who take a break and use their vacation time are happier and more fulfilled in their jobs. Don’t feel guilty – it’s your right! Now, how to make the most of those precious days… Here are some tips.

Start Scheduling Next Year’s Vacation NOW
Look ahead and make a solid plan for how you are going to be using those days. The better you plan and save for that trip or getaway, the better chances that you will stick to the plan and you will have checked someplace off your bucket list. Last minute trips can be fun, but if you want to make the most of those days you have off from work, being intentional is the best way to go about it.

Tack Vacation Time Onto Holidays
This is a great way to get more bang for your allotted days off. If you already have a 3 day weekend coming up, why not add one or two more days to the mix. This gives you a full 5 day trip without having to use a full 5 days of your vacation time!

Review before Thanksgiving time
Make sure that before Thanksgiving comes around, you have either used or allocated your vacation days – don’t risk using them! If you have some unclaimed that are going to go to waste (if your job does not allow them to carry over), a staycation or just some “me-time” is a great way to spend them. Not every day off needs to be extravagant -it’s just important to remember that you need some time and space – away from the workplace every once in a while.

Plan the trip of a lifetime or simply sleep in and have breakfast in bed at home. However you choose to use your vacation time off from work is your choice, but don’t forget about booking it on the calendar sooner rather than later! Remember, work hard, play harder.

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