by Matt Alderton | May 31, 2018
When you work too much, what you need more than anything is time off. Because of your busy schedule, however, taking a traditional vacation might sound more stressful than restful.
"While it's true that big trips can be fun and even refreshing, they can also take a lot of time, energy, and money," says Harvard Business Review contributor Elizabeth Grace Saunders. "A lot of people feel exhausted just thinking about planning a vacation -- not just navigating personal commitments and school breaks, but deciding how to delegate major projects or put work on hold, just so they can have a stress-free holiday. Because of this, some might put off their time away, figuring they'll get to it when their schedule isn't so demanding, only to discover at the end of the year that they haven't used up their paid time off."

If you're one of those people who avoids time off, what might make most sense for you is to take a "micro-vacation."

"Micro-vacations are times off that require you to use a day or less of vacation time," Saunders explains. "Because of their shorter duration, they typically require less effort to plan. And micro-vacations usually don't require you to coordinate others taking care of your work while you're gone. Because of these benefits, micro-vacations can happen more frequently throughout the year, which allows you to recharge before you're feeling burnt out."

Need a great idea for a micro-vacation? Try a three-day weekend somewhere close to home.

"Especially if you live in an urban area, traveling even a few hours can make you feel like you're in a different world," Saunders says. "To make the trip as refreshing as possible, consider taking time off on Friday so you can wrap up packing, get to your destination, and do a few things before calling it a night. That still leaves you with two days to explore the area. If you get home by dinnertime on Sunday, you can unpack and get the house in order before your workweek starts again. There may be a few more emails than normal to process on Monday, but other than that, your micro-vacation shouldn't create any big work pileups."

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