7 things unsuccessful people do over holiday breaks
If you're one of those people, you've got to make sure that you're not squandering your precious time off.
Business Insider spoke with Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job" about the major mistakes professionals make while on break.Here are some behaviors to avoid:
1. They stay completely connected to work
Can you even call it a break if you're working throughout your vacation time? "It takes a great deal of discipline to put work aside when a stream of emails comes through during a holiday break," Taylor says. "But that will ultimately make you feel cheated out of your coveted vacation time."
2. They don't unwind
"Will you look back and feel robbed of relaxation or joy in your life?" Taylor asked Business Insider. "You may feel trapped by your work when everyone else is enjoying himself or herself. But you can also take a more empowering stance - and realize that only you are really in control of your thoughts and actions. You determine your day - and level of success."
3. They feel guilty about rewarding themselves
"Never rewarding yourself or allowing time to smell the proverbial roses because of guilt is something you may come to regret," Taylor says. "If your doesn't react well to your taking time off, making it synonymous with a lack of dedication or loyalty, then this is your opportunity to manage up."
4. They check in often
5. They do nothing
Taylor notes that rest and relaxation are a necessary part of taking a break. However, there's recuperation and then there's full-on sloth. "Being lazy and not doing much of anything may make you feel unproductive or as if you squandered your precious time," Taylor says. "Time is a non-renewable resource. Leverage this opportunity by having a proactive leisure wish list."
6. They go overboardUnsuccessful people tend to make impulsive choices during their time off, Taylor notes. Be careful not to over-eat, overspend, or "go overboard" in any one area.
7. They ignore friends and family
"Being a hermit is something you may later regret," Taylor says. "Take advantage of the holidays and spread some cheer. It will likely enhance your own spirits."