I have figured out after many years that NO ONE IS GOING TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SCHEDULE TIME OFF.
(This podcast ep reinforced that!)
Also, I have learned that DAYS THAT LOOK WIDE OPEN NEVER STAY THAT WAY, the closer you get to them (I think Laura gets credit for pointing that out to me!).
Finally, as I recently realized, NOT TAKING TIME OFF TAKES A TOLL.
I had gotten to a point where every single text message annoyed me, every inefficiency in clinic grated, and I was just . . . not very excited to do anything. After a mere 6 days off (2.5 of them without kids . . .), everything is just so much easier and more pleasant.
I highly doubt my job duties shifted 180 degrees when the calendar hit June. I think I just really needed that time off.
One of my goals was to make sure to schedule a personal retreat day every quintile. I have mostly been successful in this. However, I have nothing scheduled for Q4/Q5. I also was just asked to give preferences for the 2022 call schedule. This is necessary because we often schedule patient appointments 6 months out, and if there’s no January schedule by August (ideally July) it creates a backlog/mess. I am thrilled our manager is tackling this earlier hits year.
It also means I need to take time and think about what we want to do as a family in 2022. Thankfully the school calendar has already been released. Also thankfully, we have only one school schedule to contend with next year! I am greatly looking forward to sitting down with said calendar and attempting to claim my time off for next year, over a year in advance. Of course there has to be some flexibility, and dates can move. But there is no harm (and probably a lot of benefit) in figuring things out early.
ALSO I’m going to optimistically assume things like travel will be back to essentially normal in 2022. Even though it was painful to cancel so many things in 2020, letting that prevent future planning seems unwise.
Curious how others plan their time off!
PS: I know not every workplace has a PTO policy. Ours is very clear cut — when you are full time (which I am again) we get ~29 days/year to use. Holidays come out of that bank, so after New Years / Memorial Day / July 4 / Labor Day / Thanksgiving x 2 / Christmas that leaves 22. This could be 4 separate weeks (plus 2 days) of vac, or scattered around. I usually plan on about 2-3 full weeks of vac (taken apart) and the rest taken as separate days. Oh, and of course if we are on call for a holiday that counts as a work day. I am working Christmas this year so I guess it’s 6 holiday days.
Oh! And when you have worked 10 years at my organization you get bumped up to 34 days! I will reach that milestone in 2023 (though not sure if the time I spent at 80-90% will count against me – hopefully not, or just minimally).