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Vacation Nation

"Hey Zan, 2090 called. You're dead, and you wasted your time on Earth." gif from the Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtVacation. Beach, mountains, or an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt marathon (it’s a miracle!), vacations serve an important purpose in our lives. They make us better employees, bosses, and people. It’s easy to feel a little guilty when you’re about to take off for a few days, but I’m begging you to STOP feeling guilty! There are 5 reasons why I feel so strongly about this topic, especially working at OU:

  1. Inspiration strikes! Time away means a chance to step back and see the big picture. It’s easy for us to get bogged down in the day-to-day and forget about why we do what we do. When we take some time off and get out of our element we often have that spark of inspiration that we wouldn’t have had during our regular routine.
  2. Disconnect. When our days are counted by the number of emails, hours of meetings, and check marks on a to-do list, it’s easy to be stressed. Give your brain and your body a break! Stress has an incredibly negative impact on our bodies and minds, so disconnect and shake off some of that daily stress.
  3. Efficiency. Even though I’m a huge proponent of vacations, you still have a slew of work to get done. It’s amazing how much more efficient you can be when you’re trying to get out of the office. I’m betting you can get your work done in a fraction of the time when you have an adventure to look forward to. Try it!
  4. Culture. Experience the world and develop an appreciation for other cultures! It will make you a better employee, employer, and human being. Choose your own adventure!
  5. Better leaders. There is infinite research on the importance of vacations, but if you never take a vacation yourself, your employees won’t either. Show them it’s okay to take off and lead by example. If you don’t peace out for yourself, do it for your team. I’m betting they’ll also enjoy a few boss-free days here and there. šŸ˜‰

No excuses, people! Take some time and enjoy an adventure. I’ll be vacationing for a few days here and there this summer and don’t feel guilty about it one bit. Adventure on!

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