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Live Longer - Take Vacation [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work


September 16 th, 2008
   ISSN: 1533-3906

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Looking to make a brilliant career move? Then you might consider singing from the same song sheet as David Bowie, Frank Sinatra and Justin Timberlake. Those three singers are featured in the article, "The Ten Greatest Careers Moves of All Time."

Here's the link to the story:

Written by Isaac Guzman, the article appears in this month's issue of Best Life Magazine. I had the opportunity to contribute to the article, offering my views about how Eric Schmidt became a billionaire at Google by standing out and being different.

Speaking of brilliant career moves, one of the best moves you can make is to get out of the office. I encourage you to read my article on why it's important to take all of your vacation.

Good luck... and don't forget to take along your sunscreen!




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Want to live longer? Take your vacation... all of it!

Do you take advantage of all your vacation days? More than one-third of American workers don't, according to a survey by the Families and Work Institute. And only 14 percent go away for more than two weeks at a time.

Well, here are some statistics that might chase you out of the office:

" Women who take the least amount of vacations are at a 50 percent higher risk for a heart attack. (Framington Heart Study, 1992)

" Infrequent male vacationers have a 20 percent higher risk of dying from any cause and nearly a 50 percent higher risk of dying from a heart attack. (Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000)

Unfortunately, even those who manage to escape, 92% say they do work-related communications outside of work, including on vacations. Nearly three-fourths say they stay "switched on" during weekends.

Your health isn't the only thing at risk.

  • Your creativity and innovation go down
  • Poor quality work
  • Decline in productivity
  • Feel apathetic
  • Negative feelings toward the job
  • Leads to burnout

If you don't take time off, you'll get burnt out. Burnt out is caused by long hours over long periods, no vacation or breaks, high stress and job pressures. You need to be careful of pushing yourself beyond the limits of good health and good sense.

So, you need to schedule time off. This is so vitally important because it will help you disconnect and disengage, catch your breath, gain rest, recovery and relaxation. This is vital to preventing burnout.

Get away from the business. Yes, completely away. Absolutely no interruptions, no cell phone, computer, email. You want to be completely unplugged. Getting unplugged and disconnected will help you recharge your energy for work. You'll be able to work at peak efficiency with a fresh mind if you take time off for yourself.

And you may live longer, too!

Are you a "workaholic"?

Dr. Bryan E. Robinson, author of Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, their Partners and Children, calls it "the nation's best dressed addiction." Find out if you're a victim of this obsessive-compulsive disorder by taking Dr. Robinson's 25-question quiz:


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"There is more to life than to increase its speed."

~ Mahatma Gandhi


"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking."

~ Earl Wilson


"Isn't it interesting that people feel best about themselves right before they go on vacation? They've cleared up all of their to-do piles, closed up transactions, renewed old promises with themselves. My most basic suggestion is that people should do that more than just once a year."

~David Allen

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