Have you ever asked yourself that question?
I’ve been asking myself that question over the past week and I can’t come up with a valid and convincing answer.
Here’s the scoop – just recently, I realized that I had over 170 hours of paid time off (PTO) in the bank. Yes, you read that correctly… One. Hundred. Seventy. Hours.
So it begs the question, what is wrong with me? Who does that? Who banks all of these hours and for what reasons?
Well, apparently I do. And for what reason, I’m not sure. The last time I took a complete week off was 2 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I take a day here and there but a full week, or two, at a time – that’s practically unheard of for me.
Gonna Be Some Changes Made
I can’t go back and change the past but I can certainly do something about the future. Effective immediately, I pledge to my wife and kids that I will not hoard my PTO time. It will get used.
What I can’t seem to reconcile – at least in my own mind – is that when I take time away from work, I always come back refreshed and with a much healthier perspective and yet, I don’t take time off that often. That’s got to change!
I’ll close with the lyrics from Bruce Hornsby’s hit song “Gonna Be Some Changes Made“:
Gonna be some changes, changes made Can't keep on doing what I've been doing these days Look in the mirror I see a clown's face Gotta take it off, gotta get myself straight
Gonna be some changes, some changes made Can't keep on doing what I've been doing these days Better figure out something Things are looking grave Gonna be some changes, changes, changes made
[Note: I've underlined the words that stand out for me.]