Ah, vacation days. Maybe for you, they are personal days, comp days, sick days, or just plain old vacation days. If they’re offered as a benefit, use them. Here’s why.
I know, there’s far too much work to be done. You could never afford time away. The truth is, you cannot afford to not take time away. You have the days and time. Use them.
“Vacation all I ever wanted. Vacation had to get away.” -The Go-Go’s
I used to be of the same camp. There’s too much work to be done. I want to look like “Iron Man” and never miss a day from work. And then, I realized that time is my most valuable asset. Not money, not energy, but time. Sure, I could cash out my vacation time some day for a payout. That’s a one-time payout that might surely help, but you cannot tax my time!
Your company wants you to take a vacation. They might not seem like they want you to, but they do. Some good boss (if your boss doesn’t want you to take a vacation) before your current boss realized that offering people a life outside of work would help make them better employees when they were at work. That’s what vacation does. It allows you to get away. You come back energized, refreshed, and ready to be even more productive.
Personally, I enjoy taking a day here or there instead of lumping it all together. I do save enough in the event I want a week or two off, but I find a lot of use in a random weekday off along the way. If your job is Monday through Friday, you are working when most of the world is able to help you. Take a day off during the week to accomplish what you must.
It’s yours. It’s like your health insurance, your retirement plan, and your payday. Make it work for you the way other benefits do.