In many jobs in corporate America, you have an allotted amount of days you are allowed to take off in a year. This usually consists of a week to a few weeks of vacation, various sick days, and then the ever-elusive personal days. While personal days are built into the fabric of the working world, many people do not know how to use them and often let them go to waste. To avoid wasting some of your precious time off for lack of ideas on how to spend them, follow OFFSITE’s guide to taking a personal day.
Create a Day of Family Time
While it’s important to work to be able to make money and provide for yourself and your family, nothing is more important than spending time with your family. Though you can do this on the weekends, it’s hard to coordinate time to spend with your family with everyone’s busy schedules. Taking a personal day during the week to dedicate to family time can be a great solution to this. Maybe the kids are on summer break and you’ve been wanting to take them to the zoo, or maybe your cousin is in from out of town for a few days. You will never regret taking a personal day to create precious family time, as that is what you will remember and what matters in the long-run.
Attend a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event
Using a personal day to see a movie you’ve been wanting to see or get your haircut is both not necessary and unwise. This is because these activities can be done at any time, any day of the week, so it’s not worth skipping work over. On the flip-side, there are some events that come along that you will never be able to attend again. Is your favorite artist playing a concert at a festival near you? Did your city’s team win the championship and it’s parade day? Use that personal day to go to these once-in-a-lifetime experiences that won’t be available again. If you’re worried about what your boss will say, remember that it is perfectly acceptable to just say you’re taking a personal day without providing a reason.
Take a Mental Health Day
It’s perfectly normal and acceptable to take a sick day when you aren’t feeling well physically, so why does the same sentiment not apply to mental health? Unfortunately most employers do not put a focus or even a thought into mental health, so they do not factor it in to your days off from work. There are just some days when you’re feeling burnt out, down, upset, overwhelmed, lethargic, etc. and you simply need a break from the world. Taking a personal day when this feeling occurs is a great way to utilize them. Spend the day relaxing on the couch, reading, watching a movie, with your pets, at a spa, or whatever else makes you relaxed and feel better. There is no shame in taking a sick day when you are sick, and there is nothing bad about taking a personal day when you need a mental health break.