For the past couple of months, you have been working like crazy; putting extra hours, dealing with tedious tasks, and maybe having to deal with rude customers, irritating co-workers, and/or even a demanding and controlling boss. Did I describe your current professional situation? If I did, continue reading. Below, I will share with you the importance of taking a break from work when things start to get complicated for you.
Yes, in some moments of our professional career, we all have dealt with these kinds of situations. But one thing most of us fail to understand is that even when these experiences are somehow part of the things we may have to put up with when working outside of our home, they could also be considered as signs that indicate that you should do your best to take breaks from work as often as possible.
No, I am not talking about 15 minutes break here and there. No, that’s not what I meant. What I am talking about is taking at least a week long vacation away from the craziness of your job every couple of months. That’s what I meant. According to a book How Much Is Enough, (Other Press, 2012) written by authors Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, people who work too hard in life only accomplish one thing; to miss the real important things in life. Interesting theory, huh!
In my 14 years of experience in the human resources field, I have seen many workplace issues that could have been resolved by people taking some time off from work to be able to recharge their batteries before allowing the issues to become as big as they became. That being said; here are three (3) signs that could indicate that it’s time for you to take a well-deserved break from work:
Sign # 1: The thought of having to go to work makes you feel like you want to cry: If waking up in the morning causes you emotional and, in some cases, even physical pain and you feel like getting out of bed to go to work isn’t as fun as it was couple of months, you should take it as a sign that you need to go on a vacation very soon.
Sign # 2: You favorite daily tasks at work are not enjoyable anymore: This could be another important sign that you need to pay attention to when considering if you should take time off from work. Once a dedicated employee like you stops enjoying what he does, his level of productivity will start to drop. If that’s your case, unless you want to lose your job, I will suggest you to take a step back, go on a small vacation to recharge your batteries, and then go back to work being your old self again.
Sign # 3: Sometimes you feel like quitting your job: If you find yourself fantasizing about quitting your job, that should be a serious indication that you need to take a break. Unless you can afford to quit your job, don’t put yourself in the risky position of actually making the wrong decision of quitting during a difficult moment at work. The truth is that, if you are unhappy at work, your chances of flipping out at the little things that happen at the office are higher than if you are happy with what you are doing and feel satisfied with your position within the company.
There you have it, my friends. If you can identify with some of the signs I shared above, I invite you to stop what you are doing right now, get that leave slip out, and start planning your next “time away from work” move. Remember; unless your heart and your mind are in accord, nothing good will come out of you. Go ahead, take that well-deserved break, and start recharging those batteries today. At the end, that will be the best gift you can give not only to yourself but also to those who have to put up with you at work.