So last week I chatted about slowing down and not being so busy. This week’s post is carrying on with the same theme, but going one step further and focusing on taking vacation time. It has been a looong winter and one thing Saskatchewan has going for it is we do have great summers with lots of festivals and plenty of lakes and parks to keep us entertained. The problem is many of us talk about taking vacation time, but we are often all talk and no action.
Other areas of the world (I’m thinking of France) place a lot of value and emphasis on vacation time whereas in North America taking vacation time can be viewed as being lazy or not as committed to the company. In reality, taking a vacation is your time to unplug, de-stress, and refresh yourself to jump back into the real world. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you think about planning that summer vacation:
- Go on vacation before you need a vacation. That is, don’t wait until you are burnt out and miserable. Scheduling vacation time should be part of self-care and viewed as something that can help prevent stress build up.
- Plan for Vacation. How much time you need to notify your employer and plan for a vacation depends on your line of work and the other obligations you have going on in your life. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get work/home tasks finished or delegated. Leaving for vacation should be exciting and fun, not stressful.
- Unplug. Again, depending on work and home commitments it might not be possible not to check email or social media. However, I would encourage you to get away from technology as much as you possibly can. There is something so freeing about not being available 24/7. Remember, there was a time when we existed before smartphones. Let holiday time be a transport back to that time.