July 12, 2018
According to a national survey, more than half of Americans don’t use all their vacation days.
I think that’s a bad career move. Vacations aren’t an indulgence–they are a necessity.
Especially if you plan to keep working until you are 70. That’s a goal I know many of you have–And I think that’s a fantastic move for anyone who wants to boost their retirement security. Working longer means you can avoid tapping your retirement savings for a few more years, and it can also make it practical to delay claiming Social Security, until at least your Full Retirement Age (somewhere between 66 and 67 depending on the year you were born). Both moves will increase your retirement security.
But that makes it so important to not burn out. A burned out you, is going to get frustrated and fed up with work–Or your boss may get frustrated or fed up with your work. You want to stay sharp and engaged. Recharging makes that possible.
Can’t afford to go away? I am so pleased you are standing in your truth that you can’t afford a trip this year. But you can still take your vacation days. Unplug from your work. And do something that gives you pleasure. Day trips. A home project you never get around to. Volunteering for a few days. There are so many ways to step out of your demanding work routine without spending money.
You will enjoy the experience today, and you get the added benefit that taking the time off will make you more engaged and productive at work.