Why Taking a Vacation Before Starting a New Job is Absolutely Necessary

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Oct 2, 2018

Oct 2, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Did you know that 54 percent of Americans end their work year with unused vacation days?

In the event they start a new job, many jump from one job to the next. If you're one of those people, you need to switch your thinking.

In this article, we'll show you why it's a good idea to take time off before starting a new job.

Complete Personal Errands and Tasks

If you're a person who works from sunrise to sundown, chances are you don't have time to do much else. This means you can accumulate a pile of tasks and projects you want to get done but don't have the time.

Think of the closet you want to clean out, painting a wall, or shopping for new furniture.

Deciding to take a little staycation in between jobs will give you a chance to catch up with projects. By the time your new job starts you will feel your life decluttered.

To Remind You How Much You Love Your Career

As much as people joke they would like not to work, a lot of people love their careers.

Taking a vacation in between jobs will remind you how much you love what you do. Or encourage you to keep pursuing what you love.

Time to Figure Out Why Things Ended at Your Other Job

If you left your job on bad terms, due to poor management, or lack of work-life balance, taking a vacation before your next job will allow you to think about what went wrong.

You might also want to reflect on your flaws as an employee. Make a list of what you can do to be a better employee in your next job and earn your boss' respect.

You Will Be a Better Candidate

If you don't take a break in between jobs, chances are you will carry with you some of the built-up stress. Not having a great manager might even make you carry some bitterness with you.

Taking a break in between will allow you to breathe in some fresh air and leave past work grudges behind.

You Deserve a to Not Think About Work for a Change

Answering emails late at night or working on the weekends can take a toll on a person. You deserve - even if it's just a short period of time- to not have to worry about replying to anyone.

It can be relaxing and liberating knowing no one is waiting on you.

Time to Reconnect Alone or With a Loved One

Working long hours take a toll on personal relationships. Look at this as an opportunity to reconnect with your partner or with yourself.

Research honeymoon destinations and bring your partner on a romantic getaway. Or book a ticket and go on a solo adventure.

Take a Vacation Before Starting a New Job

Taking a vacation before starting a new job will make you feel like a new person. You'll be able to complete projects you were too busy for, reflect on your career, and go spend more time with a loved one.

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