Many of us bemoan the lack of time we have to get things done, to read a book, to enjoy family and friends or to just be quiet and enjoy God’s creation. Every program, department and employee at VTS has a unique set of priorities and activities that determines their schedule of work. But just as important as scheduling and observing deadlines and meetings is scheduling time off from work.
This summer VTS will close for three successive Fridays—July 13, 20 and 27—in order to provide employees an additional opportunity for rest and recreation without the concern that they will miss something or return to hundreds of emails and new tasks demanding attention.
Articles describing the benefits of vacation abound, yet many of us ignore them to our own detriment and perhaps to the detriment of others. Last summer I spent three weeks preparing for a certification exam. It may not have been a true vacation, but the simple change of pace, focus and routine was rejuvenating. So, if you’re not sure what to do with your summer Fridays or the idea of a “staycation” has you thinking you might as well just go to work. Think again. For the cost of a cup of coffee you can sit in a local coffee shop and read for several hours. Or pack up the kids and go to one of the many free museums in DC. And you will find that you are more relaxed, more creative and maybe even more productive.
Kathryn Glover, M.P.A. Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and Secretary of the Corporation