As we soon embark on a new year, you probably have some new career goals on your mind. However, focusing on how you spend your time outside the workplace can be just as impactful to your success moving forward. Understanding how to maximize your PTO will set you up for a better year moving forward, helping you prioritize your time and what you wish to accomplish. Here are some tips for maximizing your PTO going into the new year:
Mentally detach from work.
While this is certainly easier said than done, making a point to mentally detach yourself from your work responsibilities is one of the only ways to truly maximize your time off. From shutting down work emails to putting your “out of office” message on, it’s critical to be proactive in removing yourself from work-related communications. This also includes not talking about work at home, even if you feel like venting or complaining. Staying away from negative energy and focusing on how you can use your time off in a meaningful way will be the best use of your PTO.
Being proactive about planning your time off will ensure you use it wisely. You can do this by setting intentions on what you hope to achieve from your PTO. For instance, have you been wanting to spend more quality time with your family? Do you have a personal project you hope to work on? Is there a place you’ve been wanting to visit? By being intentional about your PTO, you’ll experience a greater sense of fulfillment and enjoyment during your time away.
Invest in yourself.
One of the most rewarding ways to use your PTO is to make an effort to invest in yourself. There are many ways in which you can invest in yourself personally or professionally, such as learning a new skill, taking up a hobby, or focusing on improving your health and wellness. Making a point to focus on yourself, even if it’s just for a day, can greatly improve your mental clarity and help you feel renewed when you return to work.
Your time is valuable and taking the steps above can significantly help you maximize your time off while improving your quality of life. As you gear up for a new year ahead, be sure to take advantage of your PTO in a way that’s most beneficial to your interests and goals.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients