It’s no secret that the majority of people dislike employment. Making money is certainly fun, but being told what to do – not so much. Deep down, everybody knows what makes them happy. That’s why it’s so important to find a profitable hobby. Turn what you love into a sustainable future. Fairly soon, your entire life will feel like a vacation.
Until then – while you’re slaving away with your tedious tasks – here are a few ways to maximize your vacation days in order to ensure happiness and prevent burnout:
Mondays > Fridays
Too many people take Fridays off. It is really nice to have a long-weekend but have you thought about taking Monday off instead of Friday? Think about it. Fridays are already awesome. Typically the mood in the office is going to lively because people are excited for the weekend. In most lines of work, Fridays are the easiest, most enjoyable days. On the contrary, most people are grumpy on Mondays. Most problems seem to arise on Mondays. While your co-workers are dealing with these issues, you’re out relaxing. Traveling is typically going to be worse on a Friday for people driving away on the weekend.
Use Holidays Strategically
Here is a list of Federal Holidays. Use them to your advantage.
|Monday, January 2*||New Year’s Day|
|Monday, January 16||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Monday, February 20**||President’s Day|
|Monday, May 28||Memorial Day|
|Wednesday, July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday, September 3||Labor Day|
|Monday, October 8||Columbus Day|
|Monday, November 12***||Veterans Day|
|Thursday, November 22||Thanksgiving Day|
|Tuesday, December 25||Christmas Day|
For example, want to plan a get-away but can’t find the time? Use one of these long-weekends to supplement your vacation days. Instead of using 5 vacation days on 1 trip, simply use 2 vacation days – use Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – and you have yourself a 5 day vacation. Kinda nice – and you still have 3 in the bank!
One Week Vacation
To piggy-back off of the prior example, it’s extremely important to get out of the office for 5 consecutive days. For the same reasons I recommend people not blog every day in fear of burnout. When you return, you’ll feel incredibly refreshed.
Stay-cations have grown in popularity in recent years. I’m blaming this primarily on budget. A lot of people like the luxury of accomplishing things at home without the pressure of thinking about work. Some people are extremely production during their stay-cations while others allow themselves to relax.
In my opinion, stay-cations are dumb. Everything you want to accomplish during your time away from work could have already been accomplished during your normal schedule. If you disagree then you’re either poor at managing your time or not trying hard enough.
Instead, go somewhere. Do something. More specifically, do something that will make your co-workers jealous when you return.
Create Your Own Holiday
The federal government, which I love so dearly, gives us 10 pre-selected holidays each year. As thankful as I am for these days off, I rarely celebrate the day how our four fathers would have liked. What I like to do is create my own holiday – meaning – find something you’re passionate about and take that day off. For me, it’s the first weekend of March Madness. I will usually take half-days Thursday and Friday and spend the entire weekend in Heaven.
Forget Your Birthday
Birthdays are overrated. I see a lot of people request them off and I don’t understand why. Why would I want to take a day off that EVERYBODY treats me like a king and does whatever I want? If you insist on honoring your birth in some way, take the day off AFTER you birthday. Now you’ll be able to celebrate as you please.
These are just a few ideas to think about while selection your vacation days during the 2012 year.
How do you select your vacation days?
This post was written by A. Blinkin.