Why Summer Vacations (and the Internet) Make You More Productive
Everybody needs a vacation. Even the president.
The end of August concludes another month the media spent exhuming the debate over the White House’s travel plans. This criticism ignores the scientific evidence that shorts breaks and even long vacations have serious, measurable benefits for productivity for everybody. If we want a better president, we shouldn’t condemn White House vacations. Maybe we should legislate them.
Americans are notorious busy bees. A 2010 survey indicated that the average American accrues 18 vacation days and uses only 16. The average French worker takes more than twice the vacation time. To some, this statistic encapsulates the difference between American and European workers. We’re productive. They’re lazy. In fact, it might say the opposite. Europeans understand that breaks improve workplace efficiency. We mistakenly believe that more hours will always increase output, while ignoring the clear evidence: The secret to being an effective worker is not working too hard.
Read more at The Atlantic
As I personally go into my 4th week of working 6 days at least of each of those weeks - even a short break of 3 days would break me out of my productivity slump. I don’t have the drive to show up to work knowing that i’ll be there till 8 before I can leave and taking my laptop home with me so I can finish up on the couch before passing out for my 5 hours of sleep.
My work-life balance is erratic and its frustrating that our culture perceives time away from the office as a detriment to the company and not a benefit to the employee/company.