Summer is here! Pool time, beach time, barbeques and a whole lot of fun is definitely on the agenda. Right? Wait not this week, you have that project looming, remember? Maybe two weeks from now. Yes, that sounds good. Two weeks. Ugh, nope; your CEO is in town. I bet the following week would be a great time to take a summer vacation. Dang it. That’s year-end. If only your company was on a calendar close like everyone else’s!
When will you fit in your summer vacation? Maybe a few long weekends here or there will work. Back to the grind.
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Sound familiar? Trying to fit time in to relax and take a vacation can sometimes be as stressful as simply sucking it up and pushing through your exhausting schedule. Have a spouse, partner or kids? That only makes scheduling even more difficult to coordinate.
“If I wait until the date gets closer I’ll have a better idea of what’s going on at work and will know if the timing is right to be out of the office.”
Not surprisingly, 40% of all Americans will leave vacation time on the table! What’s worse, stress loads continue to mount and more and more of you are sharing with the Mentor Happy Career Coaching team that trying to juggle everything is weighing on your professional and personal happiness! So how do you get your schedule under control and actually take some much needed time off?
The biggest issue we see when planning a vacation? Procrastination. Do you find yourself wanting to plan a spring trip or time off in the fall but ultimately you push it aside thinking you’ll wait until the date is closer?
We see this a lot and I hear the same justification over and over. “If I wait until the date gets closer I’ll have a better idea of what’s going on at work and will know if the timing is right to be out of the office.”
Guess what? The timing is never right. There will always be something. A meeting, a new client a project. The list goes on and on. Business continues to move whether or not you take a vacation. Fooling yourself into thinking you’ll find the “perfect” time is pointless.
Stick To Your Guns
So you took my advice, planned ahead and booked your trip! Yippee!!! But wait, your boss just informed you that your largest client is coming into town that same week and is looking to spend some time at your office with your team. Normally this news would be awesome. But unfortunately, the timing sucks and now you’re filled with dread. Time to cancel that trip and suck it up.
Wrong! Don’t cancel your trip. Everyone takes time off, including your clients and boss. They will understand. If they don’t, time to look at other career options.
Buckling and canceling your trip because something has come up is a career killer. If you’re interested in becoming the office doormat, go right ahead and put off your plans. If not, make arrangements for a trusted peer or your staff to handle the client visit. Delegating this responsibility gives you the break you need while allowing your team the opportunity to step up to the plate and accomplish a new task. Win-Win!
Professional Happiness Is More Than Crushing Your To Do List
We spend so much time reaching for that next level, the next pay increase the next promotion that it’s easy to miss out on what aspects of your life are important.
Professional success plays a huge role in your confidence, quality of life and career path, but so does personal happiness. When you burn the candle at both ends, something will eventually break.
Do yourself a favor and take time off work. Take your vacation, call in sick on an awesome summer day and reconnect with your friends, family and even yourself.
Trust me, when you do you will be much more productive and reaching your professional goals will become exciting again, not just an item on your to-do list!