In a recent blog / newsletter, I talked about what a sabbatical taught me about taking regular time away from my career.
Here are some of the many benefits:
A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE
Perhaps it’s eating different food, hearing different languages, or just changing the rhythm of your day, but taking time away from your career makes you see the world through a different lens. Fresh perspectives can inspire new ideas. Solutions to issues you’ve been struggling with may appear out of nowhere.
RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES
Regularly unplugging allows you to renew energy and focus. A 2011 Intuit study shows 82% of individuals who took a vacation experienced an increase in job performance upon their return to work. That renewed energy and positivity is contagious and can help the entire team be more productive.
The majority (77%) of HR managers agree that employees who take most or all of their vacation time are more productive in their jobs than those who do not. Further, HR managers believe that using vacation time leads to higher performance (75%) and increased job satisfaction (78%).
I have experienced all of these benefits and more.
It can be easier said than done though. Researchers polled 5,600 working adults about their vacation habits and discovered that in total, the number of days wasted in 2015 was 658 million. That’s a full week less than individuals were accustomed to taking 15 years ago. For those whose unused vacation days don’t roll over into the next year, a whopping 222 million days were lost. It took me about a year to consistently unplug, but now my husband and I regularly take weekend respites where we don’t schedule anything and take time to relax and rejuvenate. We read, go for walks, eat good food, go to the gym, do yoga and have long talks.
A short vacation can recharge you, as long as you aren’t using it for something stressful like helping your parents move into a nursing home. Rejuvenating downtime is necessary to recharge and focus on your career.
If you are stuck or frustrated in being able to recharge your career, I would love to have a conversation with you. You can schedule a call with me at: www.michelebrant.com/call.
What would you do if, for a while, you could unplug from your career?
Here’s to renewed energy, new perspectives, and increased productivity so you can thrive in your life!