I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard people talk about how they haven’t been on a vacation in over a year or how they don’t want to take off work for various reasons. Note: I’m not referring to those who may have financial constraints or other serious obligations preventing them from taking days off or traveling. I’m specifically referring to those who are afraid of what their boss or others at work will think, afraid of getting behind on emails, or they feel what is going on at work needs their undivided attention at all times.
YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR VACATION DAYS!
DON’T LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU AREN’T.
Your self-care and peace of mind are more important than that email and that project!
By no means am I suggesting that you do poor work and under-perform. However, if you’re getting your sh*t done and remain reliable, you owe it to yourself to take that break. Even if you don’t want to travel, you can always take a day off to simply rest or have a staycation in your own city.
If you feel like the job you’re in is not healthy or has not created an environment that allows you to recharge or treat yourself, speak up or leave. If you are not the founder of the company, trust me when I say they will go on without you. No matter how important you are and no matter how great the work is that you do, these companies can and will survive without you there.
So take that day off. Take that week off. Whatever your vacation policy allows, use up every bit of it because I’m sure you earned it! Put that “out of office” message up, tell them not to call or text you! And don’t you dare think about checking those emails! Stand up for yourself and be unapologetic about your desire to have work-life balance. Don’t ever feel bullied or guilted into sitting at your desk for 12+ hours a day with no end or upcoming vacation in sight.
All that! Give me that energy all 2019, 2020 and on, and on, and on.