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Was taking time off a mistake?!

Taking time off of work seemed like a great idea, what I failed to consider was that I would in fact have to go back to work. I over slept, was late for work (as usual!), I could not get in a rhythm and felt overwhelmed within five minutes of punching the time clock! My week off suddenly seems like it was a horrible idea. Anybody else felt the same way after some time off of work? I feel fortunate to have been able to take a week off, I just wish it were easier to get back into it!


I say look deeper than just simply taking a week off. Do you like your job? Is something bothering you there?

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:09am

Yes. I have a similar experience to the point where I don’t take a full week off at a time. This year I am on track to surrender 7 days of vacation because our system is use-it-or-lose-it. I’d like to take a vacation, but it’s too much work for me to get back into the groove of work after a week or two off.

Posted by ADDedValue62 on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:44pm

I have 120 hours of PTO left out of 160 total.  I find myself scheduling time off and then something happens I end up working. Mostly by my own error.  I don’t properly plan my work tasks around vacations and allow my customers to schedule work orders during my vacation.  I’m afraid to say no to them.  I have worked on my last 3 vacation days because I commited myself.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:50pm

Thanks for the feedback!
For the most part I do enjoy my job and the people I work with. There are a few things that bug me but that’s probably true of most jobs. I think the week of no real routine just threw me totally off. It’s pretty unusual for me to take any time off and it had been quite awhile since I had more than maybe a 3 day weekend. I am allowed to carry vacation time to the new year but no more than 120 hours so in years past I have requested a paycheck for the hours that I am over. It’s nice to have some extra money but the time off would seem equally as nice-if the consequence wasn’t that I felt so out of wack!

Posted by cag32lvt on Dec 11, 2013 at 5:04am

I love vacation, but yes coming back can be very hard and dis organizing. What I just recently did coming back from vacation to manage the caos. I went in on Monday. I let the phone go to voicemail for about 2-3 hours. During this time, I did not visit with others. I took time to organize my work, do immediate tasks, call those I wanted to in order to plan things or figure something out. I looked over my workload, worked it into my day planner. Organized my bag. Only then did I listen and answer my messages on voicemail. This time of planning I guarded, because of just what you all described as happening after the last vacation. Not taking one is not the answer. Work with your boss or another to help you organize or plan the transition back in. Or work with an ADD coach. Learn to ask for what you need, or to give yourself permission to say no,or to take care of yourself. Don’t be your own worst enemy.

Posted by Mygardenispretty on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:15am

I also find that too much time off @ one time doesn’t work for me. I always worry that the things I do will be done wrong or be piled up when I get back creating extra work & stress in the long run. I also worry that they may decide they don’t really need me after all & I will be replaced. I know theres anxieties are my own obsessive thoughts & usually not based in reality, however, it does keep me from truly enjoying my time off.
What I have found works best for me is a few long weekends spaced out. If I take off whichever day I’m less likely to be missed (Mon or Fri - or maybe both if I want to leave town.)  If I do that every other month or two, I get the break I need w/o the stress of being away for so too long. It’s also a lot easier for me to transition from work to time off & back into work again.
Planning the extra day off around a small event like a concert or family event (like a birthday or anniversary) regardless of the day (mid week for example) allows me to make the most of the time off so I don’t think about work or miss being there. It also gives me a reason to take that day or two off. When/if my coworkers hear what I’ve done that day, they seem happy for me doing whatever it was & seem somewhat supportive & less likely to be jealous. This seems to curtail unwanted gossip.

Posted by Baby Rhino on Dec 12, 2013 at 6:32am

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