The benefits of a holiday on your work related productivity *

I work from home and I’m self-employed so it is very, very difficult for me to switch off from work mode sometimes. On occasion, I find myself thinking non-stop about stuff I need to do all day long even after I’ve been doing all the things for 8 hours straight and need to give myself a time out. “Regular” jobs finish at 5:30 or 6pm, why can’t I switch off then to? Not answer my emails? And not think about work related stuff? There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of people who aren’t self-employed who feel this way too. If you’re that way inclined; a Type A personality so to speak, it can be easy said than done when someone says, “just stop thinking about work for the rest of the evening”.

But there’s no doubt that having a break away from work can have a huge positive mental, physical and work-related impact on your wellbeing. We all need to switch off from time to time, whatever job we do. It’s not natural or healthy for a human to be constantly working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with zero downtime in-between. And this is something I’ve been focusing on more, especially over the last few months. Is giving myself more down time away from my laptop, my phone or any thoughts of work. You can start off small, with things such as:

  • Watching a film without checking your phone
  • Turning your phone off when you eat dinner
  • Have a bath without any means of work contact (e.g no phone!)
  • Reading a book, doing some yoga or anything else which required you to put your sole focus into something else which isn’t work related.

And these are all important and valid things to do, regularly for the sake of our own wellbeing. But taking it one step further, it’s important to remember that switching off from work for a longer period of time will not prevent the world from turning. It won’t cause planes to crash or volcanoes to erupt and it won’t cost you your job either. As well as the “small stuff” we also need to look into take prolonged breaks from work because on your return to work, it can make you more motivated, inspired and productive! Companies, such as Corporate Rewards even reward their staff with holidays and trips under their Corporate Rewards employees recognition scheme away from work because a break can be so beneficial to productivity and the working ethic.

In my own working life, going away can give me a huge sense of perspective. It can inspire me and motivate me and the less I do, the more clarity I see. I love going for weeks away to my boyfriend’s parents lodge, who live in Lincolnshire and although I tend to do a little work whilst I’m there, its not nearly as much and I get to enjoy other things like having dinner with the family, visiting his Nan and Granddad, walking his dog, going in their gorgeous hot tub and just… be. And then there’s cases like when my boyfriend and I take holidays on a boat; where there is limited signal and I obviously can’t take my laptop!

I can enjoy the scenery, do something I don’t often do and live in a way I don’t live. Then on my return, I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and happy to get back to “normal” life. And that’s what it should be like. A holiday shouldn’t be an escape from life, where you’re dreading ever coming home and getting back to normal. Our attitudes towards work need to reflect that. And holidays, short breaks whether that be abroad or relatively local can be a huge benefit towards our mental state, our productivity and our motivation when returning to work.

Do you find holidays help your productivity? What things do you like to do to completely switch off from work?

* This is a sponsored post in exchange for products and/or payment. All thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.

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37 thoughts on “The benefits of a holiday on your work related productivity *

  1. I’ve not figured out how to do holidays, but I can do day escapes, and I now take weekends off, it makes so much odds to both my productivity and my mental health and I’m a good deal happier as a consequence.

  2. It’s always the phone!!! I’m aiming to make Sunday’s a no work day (not worked out so far but there’s always hope!) I understand you completely; when you are self-employed you struggle to find a cut off point – I’m just glad there are others who understand!

  3. I’m suck a workaholic, I can’t say no to doing anything. But I really try to do things that make me happy and relax me – writing, reading, dancing/exercising, watching a movie… But I don’t always succeed in not thinking about obligations.

  4. I’m not in full time employment (or any, for that matter of fact), but I too find myself checking my phone so often, usually to engage and work on my blog. Those who juggle the two, or more will understand how time and energy consuming it can be. Let alone being self-employed where your means of income IS working without a specific time period. It’s easy to blend work/life in that instance, for definetely for people like yourself and others (and everyone) taking a simple break is so so helpful. Take it easy!

    Faye x
    https://cultureeighteen.wordpress.com/

    • Absolutley, everyone needs to acknowledge that they need down time regardless of what they do, it’s important for absolutely everyone. I literally don’t have a work / life balance anymore; my work, blog and life all blend into one! It works for me – the majority of the time. But there are days when I wanna pull my hair out for sure!

  5. I tend to take a lot of time away from my phone at work so I find that I’m productive away from it but when doing university work I find it easier if my phone is about x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  6. I’m studying at the moment, so uni is pretty much my full time job and it can be so draining. As well as the actual work load there’s the social side and all the financial stuff which can get me down in the dumps. I definitely feel like re adjusting the attitude towards your work and responsibilities helps and a bit of off time is 100% needed, I think I’d have a breakdown if I didn’t! It’s interesting hearing a little about your experience of being self employed and what you do to disconnect, I hope to possibly be self employed one day too so it’s cool getting some insight. I’m not sure whether you’ve done a post about being self employed before? if so I’m definitely going to be reading! xx

  7. Goodness I really need to learn to take a break! I work all day and then come home and prepare resources and activities.. and even when I take a holiday or am off work I’m either planning more resources or on social media/blogging.. I really need to take some me time, this has definitely made me think about it!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • Are you a teacher? Someone else commented who is a teacher and said that she also does work when she gets home and doesn’t switch off! It’s so important to have entirely you time; even blogging can feel like a job sometimes – even when it’s not. I’m trying so hard to switch off from social media more xxx

      • Yes I am indeed! That makes me feel a lot better that I’m not the only teachers who’s like that! Yes blogging can feel like a job at times too, even though it’s something I love.
        PaleGirlRambling xo

    • It’s so difficult to switch off, for sure. I agree, I think it’s more difficult to switch off now than any time before. We have so many distractions; everywhere we look and everything we do there’s always 5 other things wanting our attention. It’s actually quite scary in a way. I kinda miss being little and just going out to play or playing The Sims for 8 hours straight with absolutely no other thought!

  8. I need to take your advice and have a few days off, especially as I spend my time watching TV and on my phone! There’s some great ideas there.

    A K Jones | hookedonthemusic.blogspot.co.uk

  9. I always find a holiday makes me feel very inspired and full of ideas about my blog when I take time away! I’m studying full time (well the academic year is about to start again) so I find it tricky to break off from both university work and my blog and find time to do things which don’t involve technology!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

    • I totally get that but I find you can definitely still use technology but not in a “worky” type way, if you get me? 🙂 that’s what I try and do. Instead of making sure I check all my emails, reply to all my comments, promote my blog posts, instead I try and watch YouTube, watch Netflix, play games and talk to people instead 🙂 xx

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