Logan Ebbets, MS, CPRP
As we roll through the dog days of summer, we hope that our AAPPR members have had a chance to unplug and use some of their coveted vacation time. The Board of Directors at AAPPR, purposely pauses many meetings, during July and August, to allow board members and staff to prioritize time-off. With the intent that we can truly unplug, put that “out of office” message up, and not feel obligated to respond during our time away from the office.
We always talk about physician and provider well-being, but it is important to remember that we can get burnt out in our roles too. It can often feel like there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. This can make it hard to justify time away from the office and we can get complacent by telling ourselves we’ll do it later. How many of you have 50 to 100+ hours of paid time off, sitting in your accrual bank right now? That later is now.
The work will always be there, and you may lose that hard earned vacation time if you don’t use it. And you should absolutely be using it!
It has taken me a long time to become comfortable, unapologetically, with prioritizing time away from the office. If I don’t take that time to refill my cup, carve out time for things I enjoy, and spend uninterrupted time with friends and family, I wouldn’t be able to do my best work or put my best self forward to candidates or colleagues. It helps keep me grounded and able to give more when I am back at work.
As we embark on a busy fall conference and recruitment season, I want to remind everyone there is still time to recharge! We look forward to seeing you out there in a few weeks. In the meantime, use that vacation time unapologetically, make some memories and spend your time on things that bring you joy. I’ve learned the work will always be there, and the only person who can prioritize my health and well-being is me. Now, where is my hammock for that mid-afternoon nap?