How a vacation can increase your productivity at work and home
Try to remember the last time you took a vacation. Was it recently enough that you remember the immediate release of tension, anxiety and stress or was it so many years ago that you have to scroll through your camera roll to find the month and year?
Vacation time became popular in the early 20th century and there was a simple reason for it … to increase productivity. I am not talking about the kind of vacation that involves spending a week on your couch binging your favourite TV series while checking the occasional work email. This kind of vacation requires getting away, escaping reality and cutting ties with what’s negative at home. Research shows that when individuals return from a holiday, they are significantly more efficient in their work environment and daily lives. The idealistic phenomena of working to live has seemed to be replaced with a live to work motive. It’s time to shift that focus back and take the vacation you deserve! Here’s a list of reasons why a vacation to Ports of Call Resort in Turks and Caicos will help you be more productive at work and home:
1) Go home happier
You might be content with your happiness levels now but how do you think you’ll feel when you’re laying down overlooking a picture-perfect turquoise ocean, have a cocktail in hand, and feet resting on the world’s number one beach? Yes, all good things come to an end but even if you’re one of those who are returning to blizzards, you’re going to leave refreshed and rejuvenated which will ultimately translate to more success. Also, studies show that sleep is the number one impact on happiness and we can assure you our ultra-cozy mattresses will have you sleeping like a baby!
2) Build stronger bonds
Whether it’s a vacation with friends, family, or a significant other, you will find yourself even closer to the people you love. Our intimate and boutique setting allows you to spend quality time together that is easy to miss at home. Paying attention is easier when on a vacation since everything around you is new. You’ll learn how to be in the moment where you can make a lifetime of memories. If you’re travelling solo, you should be prepared to socialize as you will make a lot of new friends. It’s easy to meet other guests during our daily activities and our staff will become your family. Some say you can get to know people you meet while travelling better in a few hours than people you’ve known for years at home!
3) Improved mental focus
It’s ironic that no matter how stressed you get, you probably manage to meet the majority of your deadlines. If you have a large project or life event that you’ve been prepping for, consider booking the vacation as that extra push. You know it’s a hard deadline and that there’s an extra warm and bright light at the end of the tunnel! Just like the machines that need maintenance in your office, your mind and body do as well. A data study shows that a resort vacation not only makes us feel more energetic and less stressed than we were before we took the vacation, it also leads to a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune function.
4) Engage in an honest break
Nowadays, it is obvious that people continue to work when they’re not technically supposed to be working– not giving their body and mind a true break. According to Professor Sabine Sonnentag at the University of Mannheim in Germany, disengaging from work when you are not at work makes us more resilient in the face of stress and more productive and engaged at work. In fact, the inability to remove yourself from work can lead to burnout which certainly is the opposite of being productive. Our in-room and public area wifi that is included for guests gives you that security of having access in case of an emergency but we encourage you to turn your work emails off and use it only to send all your amazing photos to loved ones back home.
5) Creativity boost
Did you know across countries and industries, 60% of CEOs rate creativity as the number one most important trait for all incoming employees? Taking that ‘honest break’ from work will give your mind the opportunity to reset. There’s something about Grace Bay Beach that is extremely inspiring so you will likely find yourself reflecting on situations and how to make them better. Also, it’s easy to focus in on your speciality at home and work but travelling will allow you the opportunity to see things in a new perspective. This could be a new dinner dish, business idea, or a different way to approach a project.
1) Book your trip ahead of time and leave behind higher stress-levels that come with leaving things until the last minute. Plus, Ports of Call offers a flexible cancellation policy that allows you to book in advance with confidence.
2) Don’t pre-plan excursions as research suggests that spontaneous leisure activities are more rewarding than planned ones. It’s also a benefit that Turks and Caicos is one of those places that you can pretty much book every excursion once you’re there on the island and our front desk will be happy to take that off your hands so that you can spend more time on the beach!
3) According to a recent study, vacations taken in warmer climates resulted in increased productivity and less exhaustion for employees.
4) Vacation is known to increase health benefits such as lowering stress, mental health and even less likelihood of heart attacks.