Who actually avoids using their vacation time? Many people, surprisingly. In 2012, Americans left an average of four days of vacation unused, according to a survey. That's enough time for a long weekend trip.
One reason might simply be that we're too consumed by work. It's a shame, because studies show that taking a break makes us more productive and is beneficial to our overall health. Here, some signs that you should take advantage of those paid time-off days and book a trip stat:
- You can't remember the last time you traveled for pleasure and not for work.
- You get your vacation fix by looking at friends' vacation photos on Facebook.
- You think about work constantly — in the shower, on the subway, on the weekends.
- You haven't enjoyed a proper lunch or dinner without something work-related interfering in six months.
- Your friends and family complain you prefer working over spending time with them.
- Your to-do list has become so unmanageable that you've become less productive.
- You get sick often and never get enough downtime.
- You're easily irritated with co-workers, clients, or customers.
- You suffer from gadget overload and are can't put down your smart phone, tablet, and/or computer.
- You're burnt out: you feel physically and mentally exhausted and stressed.
- You're hard on yourself about your abilities and have doubts about your competence.
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