Taking Your Vacation Time?

Nor' east Thinkin'

If you don't, you'll lose more than the hours off

Published on: July 16, 2010

Next week, you should be receiving the August issue of American Agriculturist. Inside is a Profit Planners article about taking vacation time. The sidebar to that story reported our survey question that you may have answered. Only one in eight persons had taken a two-week vacation once in the last five years.

If you’re farm-grown like me, you probably think you don’t need a lot of time off. But our panelists argue that we’d be wiser to take the time to explore new or at least different environs.

This is my moment of “true confession”. Like you, I don’t do many weeks of vacation. I love what I do, and I don’t consider it stressful – most of the time.

But once in the last 38-plus years, I took two weeks vacation back to back. And it scared me, because it confirmed what “experts” had previously said.

You internalize a lot of stresses when you work long hours. That’s why one needs a week to “decompress”, and another week to “heal”. Yes, I, too, doubted that.

I’m not a “stressed” person. In fact, I need caffeinated coffee just to get my brain “off the couch”. But at the end of week one, I began to realize that those little aches and pains (that creep up on you) were diminishing. By day 10, I was shocked at how much better I felt.

I’m rushing to finish this column so I can go home and pack for a 10-day trip to northern Minnesota to visit family and find that walleye that got away a couple years ago. The getting ready part is most stressful, as will be catching up afterwards. But I’ll kick back for a few days – and heal.

What about you?

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