Help for the Vacation-Deprived
Experts explain why many Americans aren't taking advantage of the vacation time they're entitled to.
5. Set boundaries, and stick to them.
If you absolutely must work during vacation, figure out a schedule that will
limit your connectivity to work. Make sure it is a set time -- say, for a
half-hour at 9 a.m. When you are finished, Erwin recommends leaving the
BlackBerry, cell phone, or laptop at the hotel.
6. Draw the line ahead of time.
Limits need not be set just during vacation. It's important to communicate
what people can expect of you during the regular workweek. If you are normally
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is difficult for both you and
colleagues to shift gears when you take time off. Discuss when people can
expect to hear from you, and make sure they and you respect the boundaries.
7. Work on your personal life.
A satisfying home life can help a person approach work with energy and
enthusiasm. Having someone support, appreciate, and admire you outside of the
office can help give you a boost on the job. "Relationships need to be nurtured
for both a personal sense of satisfaction, and for the ability to function on a
high professional level," says Weaver.
Remember it is quality, not necessarily quantity, that matters.
While it is ideal to have a full week or two off from work, it may not
always be feasible, and there's still the rest of the year to deal with.
Weekend getaways are also good for rejuvenation. So is an hour to yourself
during lunchtime or a few hours on weeknights. When it comes to forming family
and social bonds during your time off, it's really about spending quality time.
Friedman suggests, "Clear an hour to read to each other, or to go to the park
to look at a sunset."