This holiday season, it may be difficult for some people to stop thinking about work and concentrate on enjoying Christmas and New Year’s. Did you ever stop to think that you are so burdened with work, over-tasked and understaffed, that you need to get ahead in order to impress the boss … perhaps earn a raise? The fact is, to be your best at work you must give yourself some well-earned time off. So, resist checking your emails, stop working on that work-related project, and don’t worry about finalizing a paper or fine-tuning an upcoming presentation. Relax, have fun, surround yourself with the people who make you happy and realize you have earned this well-deserved time off.
Work Smarter, not harder. Enjoy time away from work so that when you are at work you will be at optimal efficiency. It’s a fact: everyone needs a break. When you spend time away from work, you can gain perspective and the clarity necessary to make the best decisions when you are working.
Know that spending quality time with family and friends actually renders you a happier person. Although you may someday regret working long hours, you will never regret spending time with the people for whom you care about.