Yet, the project found some reasons for hope. One of the ways people tend to access their time off (and their happiness) is through planning. It's the single most important factor in whether vacation time is used or not. 51 percent of people who planned their vacation in advance took all of their vacation days and reported greater happiness at work, in personal relationships, and in their overall mood.
Project: Time Off's program director Katie Denis suggests, for the non-planners out there, to start by planning just two days this year. That's the number lost by the average worker. Try to reclaim those lost days. Even if that means just staying home for a day and doing nothing or spending time with your family or listening to "Weird Al" Yankovic's greatest hits. Start there and lets try to get that 658 million figure down a bit this year, because that number is ridiculous.