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Four tips for planning your time off in 2017

Added on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Americans forfeit 222 million vacation days every year,1 so we’re encouraging you to plan your time off for 2017 – the entire year – right now.

Planning is key to using the time you’ve been given in meaningful and refreshing ways. When you see your vacation days written on paper, you may realize that taking a day here and there makes it easier to be away from work, or that you don’t have to be as tightfisted with your time off as you think. One thing is certain: only you can determine what good comes from your allotted time off.

Helping others and unplugging from work both do a soul good. To that end, here are four tips for including volunteering in your vacation-day plans.

  1. Plot it out on paper. Getting a plan in writing helps ensure no days go to waste. It can also give you peace of mind to know your days off are being used exactly as intended. By planning ahead, you’ll have plenty to look forward to.
  2. Think like a kid again. Do what you want to do, not what you think you should. Find a way to give back that makes you smile like knitting hats to donate, playing an instrument at an event, or turning another hobby into a way to help others.
  3. Get creative about how you divide the time. Make the most of your days off by packaging them in ways that fit the opportunity. Use half-days for ongoing opportunities so you can commit to a longer timeframe, or stack days for traveling or weeklong opportunities.
  4. Ask your employer about volunteer hours. You may have more paid time available than just your vacation and personal days. Tapping this resource can increase the amount of time you can devote to helping others, while still getting refreshed.

Whether you’ve volunteered with us before or are new to the scene, we’ve got something for everyone. Discover opportunities in your area and connect with us to get started.

1 Project: Time Off, 2015