Last night, I started setting up my Erin Condren Daily Duo because it starts July 1st and I wanted to try it out! The Full Focus served me so well through May and June and still has one month left, but the ECDD is dated and I can’t not start on July 1, right!?
Anyway, I had a grand old time writing out our big plans for each month and highlighting the tiny 6 month calendar with our vacations and days off in the coming months.
THEN I started panicking, because omg I have a lot of time off planned and did I actually have enough PL days!?
The answer = yes, but I will lose much of the cushion I gradually accumulated in 2020-2021 by NOT taking many days off. This feels slightly uncomfortable and indulgent but also . . . I do feel entitled to those days! They are an official ‘benefit’ of my job — and honestly, what benefit could be be more important!? Also, for the most part I am taking them during times of the year when things are slow, anyway. Christmas break is not exactly a productive time for most people, including me.
- A few random scattered days, including tomorrow + Monday, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, and another short trip in September
- 2 weeks (separate weeks, but each a full week!) this summer.
- 2 weeks straight (!!!!) for winter break. Last year I took call for all of Christmas week (I was due!). In 2020, we did have these days off but we all got COVID so it was pretty much zero fun. This year we are going skiing for the first time as a family (in Montana!), and I already booked it so it’s going to happen.
Anyway, it was fun, informative, and slightly panic-inducing to see it all laid out like that. I will re-accumulate my pile of days in January – March, because I probably won’t take much if any time off until April’s spring break. So it will work out. I don’t think I will regret all of the above. The kids are finally at an age where travel and time off is getting to be actually fun and so . . . I guess I’m ready to enjoy it!
PS: I am lucky that I do not have to bank vacation days for potential sick time, because that comes out of a separate disability bank if more than 3 days are needed. On the downside, I don’t think you can use those disability days for caregiving (like if a family member were to become ill). But saving a slew of days specifically for that scenario is probably not worth it.
PPS: LagLiv is in ICELAND right now! Future bucket list use of vacation days. It looks truly amazing and her kids seem like perfect ages for the trip.
Does anyone else sit there with a calculator when planning days off?
Does anyone else feel guilty taking more time off than average even when the days are technically yours?
(Somehow I never felt bad using up all of my days for maternity leave so not sure why this feels different!)