Every employee should highly treasure their time-off to relax, refresh, and recharge.
According to Canopy Health, paid vacation is beneficial for employee’s physical and mental health. It can help balance the wellbeing of an individual overall life. Disconnecting from work for a moment, especially amidst demanding tasks and mounting files, will afford you to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, Canopy Health suggested.
As time-off is meant for rest or recreation from one’s regular work schedule, you should not use your time-off vainly. Remember, it is the only time where you can get away from the working crowd while being paid. That being said, in order to not waste your time-off, here is how to use your time-off meaningfully.
Time-off isn’t for additional working – Some people probably have a side hustle and maybe you are one of them. However, your time-off should not be used for hustling around. You should have finished your job within a scheduled time as time off is meant for refreshment, renewing your brain and soul – not for juggling between one work and another.
Advice is, when you are a multiple side hustler, try to manage your time efficiently so you can do your tasks on time within planned time frame. However, if you cannot maintain that, it is better for you to work in one or two jobs. This way, you will have time for your personal life.
Time-off is a limited benefit – In general, company will give 14-day time-off in a year to employees, exclude national holidays. You should make use of these 14 days wisely as they will be expired within a year. Additionally, if you have applied your break time in advance and with good reason, do not let your manager reject it.
Time-off is for personal development – You can develop your expertise too at work, right? However, time-off should be used differently. While you can use it to leverage or grow your expertise as well, your time-off should be focused more on your personal development. For example, Sarah Berger suggested writing some bullet journal. Bullet journal aims to track your past, organise your present, and plan your future. It is an analogue system that should not be eliminated. It can be in forms of a journal, diary, notebook, sketchbook, or anything you wish. According to Ryder Carroll as cited by Berger, “Bullet journaling helps you declutter your mind in a very meaningful, consistent way.” It can be a weapon to ensure your personal advancement to professional success.
Another personal development you can do is by decompressing yourself. You can do this according to your likeness and enjoyment. For example, if having in touch with nature can clearly boost your energy and mood that will lead you to a more productive week, then, why not try to walk around a garden or forest. Maybe, you enjoy book and serenity more than nature. So, you can have a bunch of book accompanying you in wave sound of a beach. Importantly, as long as what you are doing give value to your personal development. Congratulations, it means you have used your time-off wisely, effectively, and meaningfully.