Usually, planning for the new year includes goals and strategies for professional development. Land the job. Earn the promotion. Get a raise. Add a new skill to your resume. Finish your education.
We suggest tagging on an additional goal: plan out all of your vacations for the year right now. Every professional development plan should include scheduled vacations and rest for the next 12 months.
What Is A Real Vacation?
A vacation is time away from the office doing something you love. For some, that may include beach time, family time, art walks, theater outings, cooking classes – whatever makes you happy and helps you unwind.
A vacation is NOT time away from the office with your laptop and phone, checking emails frequently and answering texts and phone calls throughout the day. A real vacation is when you turn your brain off from the normal stress and responsibilities of your profession to rest and relax.
Why Vacation Needs To Be Scheduled Now
There are many reasons why you need to take a vacation this year:
Good for your health
Increases your happiness
Opens your mind to new perspectives
You need time for your family and yourself
You need to schedule your vacation now because if you don’t, you’ll find reasons not to take it.
“It’s such a busy time right now.”
“There is a big deadline coming up. I don’t want to do that to my team.”
“It’s just not a good time to take time off.”
If you schedule all of your vacation now, you can plan around your time off. When speaking with clients, let them know at the start of new projects that you have “blackout” dates. Put the time off in your team’s calendar so everyone knows and expects when you’ll be away.
Need help developing a career strategy (that includes vacations) this year? We’d love to help! Contact us today to set up a meeting with one of our career coaching experts.