In the survey for the upcoming 2021 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we asked whether nonprofit communicators agreed or disagreed with this statement:

I regularly take all of the paid time off that I am entitled to each year.

Only 43% of nonprofit communicators said they strongly agree or agree with this statement.

Almost as many, 39%, said they disagree or strongly disagree, with 17% picking “neutral” which — let’s face it — means they probably don’t take all their vacation regularly.

If you aren’t regularly using your vacation time, make a plan now!

You need the break. The time away makes you better at your job in both the short-term and long-term. Decide when to take that time off and do it.

By making a decision now, even if it’s just within a timeframe like “June,” you can plan for it, so you aren’t leaving anyone in a lurch.

Do it, do it, do it — now!

P.S. If you have a bunch of sick leave available, by all means, get more flexible with yourself about using that too. Don’t go in (or login from home) when you are sick or when someone you care for is. Use those benefits! Not using them is the equivalent of not cashing all of your paychecks. It’s part of your benefits package, so use that time.