We all know it's important to take time off. Breaks, rest, and of course, vacation are critical for our creativity, productivity and well-being. However, Project Time Off found that more than half of Americans leave vacation time on the table each year. On top of that, many Americans plan to work while on vacation, negating the refreshing effects of rest and disconnection.
Many of the inconveniences that contribute to chronic stress and frustration are caused by the little, everyday things. Not being able to find your keys/sunglasses/umbrella when you leave the house in the morning. Someone canceling a meeting at the last minute. Lunch spilling in your bag during the morning commute. Missing the bus or train. The "guaranteed by delivery date" comes and goes with no delivery. Little things have the potential to derail our day, throw us off our game, and leave us in a funk, but it doesn't have to be this way.
What are you doing this weekend? It's a question you'll likely hear from at least one coworker this Friday, and it could be good for your productivity. Water cooler chat, the universal phrase that refers to all manner of casual conversations between employees, is beneficial for your wellness at work.
Saying "no" is one of the most powerful and underutilized resources in our working lives, and saying "no" effectively will make you more productive in the long run. However, if you are anything like me, you may find it really, really, realllllllly hard to just say "no." To keep from drowning in a sea of "yes," throughout my career, I've developed a set of questions that help me execute what I call "strategic no's."