It’s strange how we’ve repositioned vacation as a career necessity.
What used to be about personal wellbeing morphed into another way to optimize your work. Vacations, the argument goes, help you refocus, increase productivity, and even cause a measurable boost to your long-term salary prospects.
These are all fair points. But after taking a week-long vacation to Mexico, I’m convinced those aren’t the really important benefits.
Instead, I think the best vacations are a chance to give you some space to think about what’s truly important to you.
Yes, we can assign an economic benefit to vacation.
But knowing what your priorities are, and whether you’re actually spending the majority of your time on them, is priceless.