Vacating the premises
May 15, 2009
In a special Work-Life Balance section, CNN reported yesterday about vacation time in the United States.
Are you fearful to take time off because you think you might get axed?
It has been proven that rested workers are more productive than those who work 16 hour days. The best thing to do is to communicate with your boss about quarterly goals. Ascertain how you might bring your own talent into the mix. Be clear about his or her expectations. Then exceed them.
That does not mean you have to pull all-nighters or weekend shifts. Be clear about your own limitations. Challenge yourself to apply your strengths, even if the job description does not require it. Always be your best. To do so, you have to unplug, take time off, and rest.
Contributing to the bottom line might mean splashing in the pool for a long weekend. Leisure time is as purposeful as work time.
Live it. Dream it. Be it. It is possible. Besides, you are only human and deserve a time-out.
In fact, everyone does.