Ready…Set…Refresh — Time Off Is Essential to Job Performance
Remember the remarkable feeling of waking up… naturally… refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day? Of course, you don’t! You’re working hard, building a business and managing staff, along with all the 1000 other tasks you need to complete each day. You’re exhausted. Yes, it’s time for some time off!
From full-blown vacations to relaxation breaks, here are some productivity-enhancing suggestions.
The Big Vacation
Tahiti, Hawaii, Europe – a major vacation is an excellent way to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication to your career. A full-week off reconnects you with YOU, recharges your batteries, relieves stress and improves your overall well-being. With full and total focus on something other than work, you’ll return to the office more productive than ever. Yes, it’s okay to check an email or two while you’re gone. We won’t tell.
Make It a Stay-cation
A great alternative to the big vacation, and often more financially feasible, is a stay-cation. Spending time at home, visiting local attractions, attending sporting events, theme parks, museums or other fun activities, whether alone, with friends or family, provides stress relief from your usual daily routine. Stay-cations can be more relaxing because they remove the additional stress of travel arrangements, packing or long road trips.
Just Take a Break
According to the CDC, taking five-minute breaks can help lower stress, increase concentration, alertness and work speed and are even associated with having a smaller waistline. So take a short walk, take the long route to the bathroom, grab a drink of water or just get up to stretch. Taking a break is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day.
A power nap (between 10-30 minutes) improves mood, alertness and job performance. Catching some extra Zzzzz restores wakefulness, improves your memory and helps boost productivity. Major companies such as Google, Proctor & Gamble and the Huffington Post have “nap rooms” for employees’ midday rejuvenation.
How do you take a break from your hectic work schedule? Do you feel time off has been instrumental to your career or business success? Tell us about your experience.
What happened in September? Find out now! Visit last month’s Business Forum – Well Done! 5 Tips for Giving Positive Feedback at Work – and our poll where we asked you to tell us how you provide your employees with positive feedback. The results are quite interesting!