We Americans need a wake-up call to take back all the benefits of a good life lost to our over-scheduled life and join the movement to #PlanForVacation. And just in time, Project: Time Off has planned January 31 as National Plan for Vacation Day.
A vacation is a powerful thing. It has the ability to relax you, energize you, open your mind and create lifelong memories. So why is it that so many Americans leave their cherished vacation time on the table and don’t use it? According to research, lack of planning for the time-off is the reason why 51% of Americans skip their vacations.
The simplest things sometimes seem the most difficult—so prioritize your vacation time and make a plan to schedule it and look forward to having some fun in 2017.
This year, I have booked a trip to sunny Los Cabos, Mexico for some relaxation and a family reunion to New York State, with a little zip lining over Niagara Falls squeezed in for good measure. It took a little advance planning to make sure that I could take the time off, but in the end I’m sure it will be well worth the time off and I’ll come back ready to work again.
Plan to unplug and experience that amazing adventure trip you’ve always dreamed, reconnect with friends on a getaway or just spend more time with your family close to home. To me, vacations are like adult recess time. I remember recess.. I looked forward to it, couldn’t wait for the bell to ring, ran outside and played with abandon, then came back to the classroom happy and usually more energized and ready to learn.
According to the U.S. Travel Association the American workforce is in serious need of a break. It’s time to start being intentional about how we spend our days. The average American worker is over-scheduled, over-connected to electronic devices and feels they can’t take that needed break.
The good news is studies have found that quality time off correlates to your happiness, fosters better relationships at home and at work and makes you a more productive worker—so, making time for your break from work is really a trifecta!
I invite you to plan a scheduled vacation this year on January 31, make it a priority to take the time off. Vacations mean so much to your well being, they are time well spent that add to your life in ways that cannot be measured by the time clock.