Why Taking Time Off Work Is Good for Productivity

Have you ever thought about the fact that taking time off is good for your career!

Usually, taking time off is considered the antithesis of a good work ethic. You are conditioned to think that you are supposed to be productive, and that always means busy , right? But as it turns out, busy is not always better. As author Alan Cohen wrote, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Why taking time off is a good thing:

 Learn the difference between being busy and being productive.

Have you noticed that when you ask some people how they are, their first answer is “busy”? Our society places a lot of importance on being busy. It’s almost as if not being busy deems you as unimportant. However, productivity isn’t just about being busy, it’s about what you’re busy doing. If you’re unable to identify the tasks that matter, then you’re probably just spinning your wheels.

When you take time off, you stop setting yourself meaningless tasks just to be busy. In fact, you’d probably rather “waste time” on your interests, which might make you a smarter and more business savvy individual. By not engaging in busy work constantly, you may be better able to focus on what really matters. Diversifying and having interests outside of your work environment is important to assist one to enrich oneself and sometimes come up with more productive ideas to enhance an idea relevant to the work place.

You know how to delegate.

All too often, it’s perceived as weak or lazy to have others do work for you. But, if you learn how to delegate, you can take more time off and get more done. In this way, delegation can be a powerful way of achieving even more.

You’re not going to benefit by trying to do everything yourself. You’ll burn yourself out and you won’t perform tasks to the best of your ability. However, if you can identify strengths in others and delegate accordingly, you can free up your time while maintaining a high level of quality in a project or task. Sometimes, by allowing others to shoulder some of the work, you’ll  end up getting better and more effective work done without spreading yourself too thin.

 Remember! You have a life!

You know what they say about all work and no play. Make it a priority to take time off; the chances are you’ll be a whole lot more enjoyable to spend time with.

Embrace the parts of life that are easy and enjoyable – you’ll be happier and more light hearted. Being likeable is a real asset in business. If people like you, they’re more willing to work with you and more open to being delegated tasks. More will get done! These are just a few of the many reasons why it’s good to take time off. Instead of trying to avoid time off or considering it a sign of a poor work ethic, embrace it for what it is: a potential asset to your life and career.

Reference : Timothy Sykes

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