It's actually pretty simple: If you're not energized in your everyday life, you definitely won't be energized at work.

That's why I encourage my employees to take regular vacations, and use every day of their paid time-off each year.

At my company, Arkadium, "living a full life" is one of the core values. And I strongly believe that there are both personal and professional benefits to be enjoyed as a result of getting away, seeing the world and trying new things.

Seeing new things helps you think in new ways.

Monotony is a great way to kill a creative brain.

By leaving the office and heading out on vacation, you get an opportunity to see new things -- which spurs creativity by easing you out of your comfort zone.

Even if you can't afford to take an extravagant vacation, there are things you can do in your life to find inspiration. Try taking a different route to work, play tourist for a day in the city you live in, or even just change the location of your desk.

Being adventurous reflects the kind of curiosity which can be a great asset in your professional life. Because when you're passionate about new things, that also shows up in your work.

Taking a break gives perspective.

When people focus exclusively on their jobs, they can be at risk of burning out. So it's in both your own and your employer's best interest to take time out to refresh and recharge.

Often, when you take a break and change your environment, you realize that challenges you're facing at work aren't as problematic as they had appeared. On a number of occasions, when I've gone on vacation, the mental relaxation it afforded has led to difficult work problems seemingly solving themselves, because a new approach had popped into my head.

Your vacation can make your colleagues better, too.

"Our server caught fire."

Those words were far from comforting when I phoned the office from my first real vacation two years into starting my company. There was also nothing I could do to help -- I was thousands of miles away, with barely a phone connection, in the middle of the Amazon.

But it illustrated how being away actually benefited my co-workers.

Yes, one of our servers had literally melted down. But our team stepped up, handled the situation, and got our software back up within a few hours. It was a difficult and stressful time to be sure, but it taught me -- and all of them -- an important lesson: that they were more than capable of handling an emergency without the boss's guidance.

So, while detaching from your business can directly enhance your perspective and spur creativity, it can also indirectly provide professional growth opportunities for your team, by forcing them to make decisions they're not normally called upon to make.

So, the next time you're contemplating not taking time off, do something selfish for your career...and go.

Published on: Aug 18, 2017