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Take Time Off

This weekend, like a number of you in the U.S., I had the privilege of being off for more than our normal two days. In addition to Independence Day, I also took off on Thursday from my duties at Innovad. It was a nice relaxing weekend. Even George Tucker took over hosting AVWeek for me and did a great job with Episode 150.
As I sit here on a Sunday evening, tanned, rested, and ready, I am struck by how few times Americans get re-energized. Some of it is our culture, some of it is something else. Sure there are those who get the two, or three, weeks of vacation every year. How many workers that you know actually take the time off? At my last job I ended up having a total of 22 days worth of vacation a year. That is over four full weeks. I don’t really know that I ever took the full time.
That is a shame, too. There is something to be said for being fully rested and ready to start the work week. I am lucky in that I absolutely love my job. I’m not just saying that for fear of my employer reading this. After a long day of programming, designing, or managing at Innovad, I am spent; exhausted. However, I am also excited to go back in the next day and do it all over again. Some of you aren’t that fortunate. What would an extra day a week mean for your mental energy level? What if we only worked four day weeks and had a three day weekend, even if only once per month?
There are some out there who can make that happen. From employers to those who have the time off in their vacation banks to do so. To you, I say take advantage for those who can’t. There is something exciting and contagious about a person who is energized and excited to be at work. For those with any amount of vacation, use it wisely, but use it. It gives you new perspective on your job, your life, and gears you up to tackle everything a new. Take some time off, folks. AV will still be there when you go back.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Sorry it’s not all technical or industry stuff this week. It’s what is on my relaxed brain, though. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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