I have been so busy this summer that I haven’t stopped long enough to blog on my own site. I’ve been trying to think of a way to break the fast when this message about vacations, or the lack of them arrived in my inbox from The Energy Group.  Remember: It is passe to think about time management. It is all about energy management!

It’s summertime, things are slowing down, and some of us are starting to think about when we’ll take a vacation. Unfortunately, not enough of us. Americans fail to use millions of vacation days a year, and that’s not even taking into account the fact that the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that doesn’t guarantee paid time off for vacation, illness, or personal emergencies

It’s understandable in this economy that we would choose to forego our vacation time. To some, it may even seem ludicrous that we should be discussing vacation time when so many people are out of work. But with the leaner workforces and the longer hours that the recession has produced, it is more critical than ever that we be mindful about taking time away from work.

Is the Life You Live Worth the Price You’re Paying to Live It?

What toll does it take, over time, if you get too little sleep; skip breakfast or settle for something unhealthy; struggle with a relentlessly challenging commute; attend meeting after meeting with no breaks in between…?

Top Tips for Taking Effective Vacations

Frequent vacationers are healthier and happier than infrequent vacationers. Try to make your vacations work-free. If you need to do work, designate an hour or two in the morning to devote to it, and spend the rest of the day relaxing and renewing.
Even short periods of time off can be extremely beneficial. Taking a Monday or a Friday and truly disconnecting for the three-day weekend will allow you to return to work more energized and productive.

We have made a mistake by thinking that the way to value somebody is by the number of hours they put in instead of the value they generate. If you hold them accountable to generating a certain amount of value, and you measure them by the value you create, then you are shifting the focus to what really matters.

-Tony Schwartz,
CEO, The Energy Project


-Americans leave 439 million vacation days unused every year,

-Americans spend more time commuting than they do on vacation.

-A 2006 study of employees at Ernst & Young found that for each 10 hours of vacation emloyees took per month, their performance reviews were 8% higher the following year.

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Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .