And chances are, we’re overdue for a break! While working from home is certainly a change from the norm, it’s not the same as taking time off, and has not necessarily improved work-life balance for most Brits.
In fact, a YouGov study shows only 44 percent of people report feeling happy in the second half of 2020, compared to 75 percent who feel stressed and frustrated.
The team at Instant Offices reveals how Brits can strategically plan their annual leave ahead using upcoming long weekends and bank holidays to maximise time off of up to a whopping 41 days off in 2021.
To improve your work-life balance next year, find out how you can double your downtime and strategically book a few annual leave days in advance, according to Instant Offices:
Maximise Your Holiday Leave in 2021
January 1 to 9 – Take a 10-day holiday by booking four days off
April 2 to 11 – Take a 10-day holiday by booking four days off
May 1 to 9 and 29 to 31 – Take a nine-day holiday by booking four days off and a three day weekend
August/September 28 to 6 – Take a nine-day holiday by booking four days off
December/January 2022 23 to 3 – Take a 10-day holiday by booking three days off
Working Smarter, Not Harder
When you’re overworked or overwhelmed it’s easy to fall into the habit of ‘always working’ rather than working smart.
It’s vital to be able to switch off from work for a while and use downtime to socialise with loved ones.
Feeling inefficient, exhausted, anxious, disengaged, cynical and even excessively critical of yourself at work are all signs of burnout. Before reaching this extreme point in your career, it’s essential to take preventative measures, and one of the best ways to do this is by taking strategic and regular breaks.
Reset Your Work/Life Balance
Setting clear boundaries so that work stress doesn’t spill over into everyday life can be difficult, but it’s imperative to push the off button and take a step back to focus on the things that really matter.