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How Taking Paid Time Off Can Help You Get Ahead at Work

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Earlier this week I shared some productivity habits. As a follow-up I want to share some information that will also make a difference in your productivity. It’s called use your time off!

There is a real trend of people feeling drained and work, and working longer hours than normal and not using their paid time off (PTO) to get some rest.

You may be looking for little excuses to step away from your computer for a couple of minutes. You may also be feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. And that’s totally okay! Now more than ever, we need to take some time to step away and catch our breath. Making time for relaxing can actually boost your productivity and allow you to come back to work with a fresh perspective. 

If you’ve ever taken a vacation where you’re able to unplug from everything, you may already know how this feels. You’re ready, and most of the time feel excited to get back to work and see your coworkers. You might even find yourself checking things off your to-do list faster than you could prior to your time off. 

Especially during uncertain times, many of us may be feeling this more than ever. When your home becomes your office, and your office becomes your workout studio things can get a little complicated. Living, eating, working, and being active all in one spot for a long period of time can sometimes drain your creativity. 

If you’re in need of a little reboot, here are some tips to ask for or take your vacation even when work doesn’t stop. If you aren’t able to fit a vacation in your budget, or get the time off, there are also ideas for easy ways to cope without a long break at work. 

Check out Mint’s infographic on how to boost your creativity, productivity, and even your wallet! 

How Taking PTO Can Help You Get Ahead at Work

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Betty Lochner is a human resources consultant, business coach, and expert in workplace communications. She is the author of two books on communication, and a newly published journal, Intentional Gratitude.

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