By Scrubadoo’s Jen Hankin
As the weather takes a turn for the better, it can be difficult to stay focused at work. The sunshine, the warm air, the blue skies, all point to summer vacation. But something’s holding you back… whatever the excuse may be; too much work, don’t want to spend money, don’t want to use time off, etc. The truth of the matter is vacation may actually improve your work preformance.
Giving in to the demands to work around the clock may actually wreck your productivity, destroy work-life balance, and ultimately lead to the dreaded burnout. I know in our profession, finding time to get out of our Scrubs is difficult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a little R&R! If a big beach getaway isn’t in the cards, there are still many ways you can work within the system to get some rest and some time off.
Forbes staffer Deborah L. Jacobs suggests several ways to reset your internal clock, including:
1. Work when you’re most productive. Morning people: schedule the tougher assignments for the a.m., when you’re freshest. Everyone else: try to hold off on meetings until you’ve had your morning cup of coffee.
2. Take fewer breaks. Although it’s tempting to take any excuse to get away from your for a minute or two, every time you return to work, you need to get back in the groove. Power your way through as much work as possible before taking a rest.
3. Go on vacation. Take every second of your vacation time, even if you only have two weeks, and even if your company subtly discourages it! You’ll be a much better worker when you’re rested and recharged, and most people remember how crabby their colleague was in the morning meeting rather than recalling whether he took eight days of vacation this year or ten.
How do you keep from burnout? How much vacation time do you take?