Take an­nual leave and get bal­ance right

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work­ers are be­ing urged to start the year by plan­ning their an­nual leave dates.

Work­ers have stock­piled a com­bined 123 mil­lion days of an­nual leave, ac­cord­ing to Roy Mor­gan Re­search.

Tourism Aus­tralia says work­ers should take the time now to re­flect on their past year and make reso­lu­tions for the year to come.

Spokes­woman Ali­son Maid­ment said achiev­ing work-life bal­ance was a key com­po­nent to long-term men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing.

‘‘It is un­der­stand­able, con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent eco­nomic con­di­tions, peo­ple are wor­ried about the sta­bil­ity of their jobs and de­vel­op­ment of their ca­reer,’’ she said.

‘‘But you will find that if you have a good work-life bal­ance, the ca­reer pro­gres­sion will come nat­u­rally.’’

She said Tourism Aus­tralia’s No Leave, No Life pro­gram en­cour­aged work­ers to take time out and start us­ing their en­ti­tled an­nual leave to have a re­laxed and recharged work year.

Tourism Aus­tralia ad­vises work­ers to take a hol­i­day, even if for only a few days or a long week­end.

It also sug­gests leav­ing pho­tos of the last hol­i­day on the desk as a re­minder to book the next one.

It says work­ers should try to sep­a­rate work life from home life as much as pos­si­ble, such as learn­ing ways to un­wind be­fore head­ing home.

Ms Maid­ment said new hob­bies or ac­tiv­i­ties out­side work en­cour­aged per­sonal growth.

‘‘Per­haps you’ve al­ways wanted to learn how to surf or maybe you want to visit a city or re­gion in Aus­tralia you’ve never been to be­fore,’’ she said. ‘‘What­ever it may be, get out there and give it a go.’’

More tips to achieve work-life bal­ance in 2010 are avail­able on the web­site www.noleaveno­life.com

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