Time off, for Parents?

Many of us have a sense of relief after some much needed time-off. Good managers will encourage it because it's not only good for the employee, but for the company as well. “The productivity, creativity, bringing new ideas forward isn’t the person who’s working crazy hours,” said Katie Denis, VP and lead researcher at Project: Time Off tells LinkedIn. “It’s someone who’s getting outside of their day-to-day.”

Much like a battery, YOU need some time to recharge.

But if you need time off to be effective at work, does the same follow for being a parent? Without getting some downtime, parents are at risk of crashing and burning. To read about warning signs and solutions, click this link: case of burnout.

That's why Matt Ragland, an expert in productivity, agrees. Now he’s taken his professional know-how and carried it over to his life as a father. In a viral tweet he sent on July 23, Ragland explains how he and his wife will start giving each other PTO or PARENTS time off.

He wrote: My wife and I are working on a family PTO (parent’s time off) plan. Here’s what we are starting with.

Each parents will have off: 1 night per week
Off a half day weekend per month
And off one full weekend day per quarter

Parenting little kids is one of the most meaningful parts of life, but the gift of time is one of the best ways to support your spouse.

We use these times to meet friends, sleep in, go camping, play golf (me), long runs (her), read and journal, or just chill.

It’s hard to run life’s race on an empty tank, and these times are great ways to refuel and recharge.

Matt Ragland With Ragland’s plan, one parent watches the kids solo while the other recharges, and then they switch.

Matt's plan is a hit with many on social media saying that they too want to give PTO (Parents time off) a go. What do you think about it?

If you are struggling, the Lord assures you in Jeremiah 31:25, "For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

Listen to The New PTO: Parenting Time Off

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