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"I'm saving up my vacation days for a trip to India (next year)!"
Saving up your vacation days for a dream trip to India, Hawaii or anywhere else can infuse all those days you spend at the office with a sense of expectation—if not minor triumph. You're working toward a goal (later)! You're rewarding yourself (soon)! Except that little phrase hidden in parentheses often gets ignored. Sure, you're saving up, but if you get really busy and next year doesn't work out, you'll do the year after that. By then, of course, you're totally burned out from not taking any vacation, or you've lost your days. This time, slap a specific date on it—"I'm saving up for a trip in 2015!" Then add the following sentence: "And I just bought the nonrefundable airplane ticket!"
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