In January I got an email from HR, letting me know that I had not taken 5 days of vacation. An incredible blessing for us is that these days are able to roll over until March 1 of the following year. But what would I do with FIVE DAYS? There was NO TIME to take vacation, SO MUCH TO DO at the beginning of the year. But I didn't want to waste these days, so I carefully planned when I would take them. And here's how--
I looked at my boss's schedule and planned my days at a time when he would be out of the office.
One lesson I have learned is that it is helpful to schedule your vacation when your boss has one planned. This is not always feasible because you may have a specific date of travel (ie wedding, scheduled family vacation), but as best you can, I would HIGHLY encourage you to set your vacation close to theirs.
Here's why: When my boss is on vacation, he is not working. Sometimes he will send me ideas or things to do in the future, but I can quickly email them to myself to check when I get back to the office. At the same time, I am not bothering him, asking him a lot of questions, or trying to get things done that need his approval. As you both are focused on family and rest, you can set aside the to do list for a short time and return feeling refreshed and ready to get to work*!
*One quick note about that: Whatever vacation you take, make sure that you come back feeling refreshed, on your A game, and ready to work. If that means taking a extra day at home to grocery shop and catch up on laundry, take it. Because when you come back to the office, it is time to BE at work, not with your mind still on vacation : )
Your turn: When's the last time you took a vacation? What is your idea of a perfect getaway?