How many of you take time off from work regularly? Do you use up the vacation time you're given? Are you able to get away from coworkers, employees, etc. on the weekends?
I am personally terrible at this. My employees text or call at least a couple times during my off hours every week. I don't usually mind it, and it's necessary at times, but it's also a system I've created by making myself available. If I were to not answer those phone calls or text messages would my employees become more reliable and dependent? As of this week my vacation time is completely maxed. If I don't take time off I stop accumulating vacation hours until I do. This isn't the first time either... It's probably one of my wife's biggest pet peeves, but I struggle to take time off.
I think it's based in fear to be honest. I fear that when I'm gone the gym won't operate smoothly. A situation will occur or a question will be asked that only I can fix. I don't think this has ever actually been the case, but in my head that's how I justify not taking time off.
Due to my wife being the strong woman she is, she has been able to convince me to take time off and vacation 3 times over the next 6 months. We'll be traveling to Portland next month. We're headed back to Las Vegas in November. We're spending Christmas on a cruise through the Caribbean.
Many successful people mention that one of the first things they do every year is schedule and book their vacations. If they don't do it at the start of the year then they are likely to not do it at all. I think this is a great idea for many people.
Jack Canfield recommends people take 130-150 days off every year. If you were able to get off every weekend that would result in 104 days a year. Add in a few holidays and a couple weeks of vacation and you're close to his minimum suggestion of 130. I'd love to find another 20 days off, wouldn't you?
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!