I’ve never understood the workaholic mentality. It’s though working 50-70 hours a weeks is a badge of honor for some people, but I see it as misplaced priorities. Even if you love what you do for a living, truly love it, nobody should be working that much on a regular basis. There is a time and maybe even a season for it, but it should never be the norm.
Everybody needs time off from work to rejuvenate, recuperate, and refresh (RR&R) the mind. We all need a bit of RR&R. The frequency in which we need RR&R may be different for everybody, but we all need it! Vayner Media is known for it’s unlimited vacation days policy because they know that everybody has different needs in terms of RR&R. One person might only need a total of one week off a year to get the rest the need from work, others might require 3-4.
If you are not used to this mindset you might see it as sucking away productive time, but I would venture to say you are likely to have more productive hours if you get plenty of RR&R, or rather just the right amount. It’s not a system to be abused, it’s put there in order to make team members more productive, not less. Burn out will only lead to frustration and lower productivity, but if a person is given the ability to re-charge and refresh as needed, they are going to have more productive hours when they are at work.
All this to say, taking some time off is good! This past weekend after a trade show in Las Vegas I stayed an extra day so I could get some rock climbing in at Red Rocks Canyon. It was just the refreshment I needed after a very busy month. For me, breathing mountain air soothes the soul, calms the nerves, and helps me rejuvenate so I can get more done, and I didn’t feel the least bit guilty for taking an extra day for myself.
Here are a few photos from my day on the rock: