Each year in the United States, over one million vacation days go unused. They are essentially wasted. We are just too busy and have too much to do to take them. We actually feel guilty by using some of the days when we do manage to spend a little time away from the office. We want to be there in the mist of battle with our colleges and we want them to know how dedicated we are. With that in mind we are also the leading country for depression, burnout, and stress related illnesses.
This past weekend I attended a weekend sporting event. It was extremely hot and humid. Between games some of the athletes would leave the outdoor temperatures and enter an air conditioned facility. Others didn’t want to leave the so called battle ground and stayed outside in the heat amongst all the activity. What I noticed later in the day and into the evening, the people who had went indoors when they weren’t on the field, looked rejuvenated almost as if their battery had been recharged. The players who never received any relief looked and played like walking zombies. They had no spark and were just going through the motions. The zombie players did not do well later in the day and were overtaken by the fully charged players.
The same goes with business. You have to take time to recharge your battery without feeling guilty. Unfortunately the word “vacation” has a negative connotation to me. Darren Hardy suggests “vacation time” be called “rejuvenation time”. So I’ve done that. I know that taking time to recharge in an integral part of being productive. If a man is trying to build his biceps and does curls all day, every day, without taking time to rest his muscles will begin to deteriorate. You should always rest and recover.
When you don’t take the needed time off your work gets fuzzy and dull. You begin to run on half a battery. You are more productive when you sprint and recover rather than a foot dragging limp.
I suggest taking a time to rejuvenate at least once every six weeks. Do whatever you need to do to recharge your battery. If it’s to play in a sporting event, spend time with friends, go for a hike in the woods or lie in bed all day; do it. Do it and be there. Don’t do office things while you rejuvenate. Those tasks can wait. Rejuvenate. Schedule this time and do it. God even took time to rest, so I think you will be okay.