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How to Maximise Your Annual Leave in 2024: Beat Burnout!



Manage burnout this year with some planning, and you can make the most of your annual leave in 2024 to have more time off without sacrificing your paid leave. We will guide you through strategies to achieve maximum downtime by combining your yearly leave with public holidays and weekends.


By implementing these annual leave hacks for 2024, you can recharge and come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to perform at your best.


Annual Leave and Public Holidays

In Australia, businesses typically offer four weeks of paid annual leave. However, it often feels like this time disappears quickly. To extend your holiday experience, align your leave with weekends and public holidays.


This strategic approach allows you to unlock more time off without taking unpaid leave.


Here are the best dates to book your annual leave in 2024:


Australia Day 2024: Book One Day and Get Four

In 2024, Australia Day falls on a Friday. Using just one day of annual leave on Monday, January 29, you can enjoy a four-day break, extending your weekend from Friday, January 26 to Monday, January 29.


Easter 2024: Book Four Days and Get Ten

With Good Friday on March 29 and Easter Monday on April 1, booking four days of annual leave from April 2 to April 5 will grant you a relaxing ten-day break. This extended holiday runs from Friday, March 29, to Sunday, April 7.


ANZAC Day 2024: Book Four Days and Get Nine

ANZAC Day is on April 25, a Thursday in 2024. By booking four days of annual leave from April 22 to April 24, plus April 26, you can enjoy a nine-day break from April 20 to April 28.


Labour Day 2024: Book Four Days and Get Nine

The King's Birthday public holiday, celebrated on the second Monday in June each year, falls on June 10 in all states and territories except for Queensland and Western Australia in 2024. By booking four days of annual leave around this public holiday or using one day of leave on the previous Friday, you can enjoy a nine-day break from Saturday to Sunday.


Christmas 2024 and New Year's 2025: Book Five Days and Get 12

Christmas Day in 2024 is on Wednesday, December 25, followed by the Boxing Day public holiday on Thursday, December 26. The New Year's Day public holiday is on Wednesday, January 1, 2025. By taking five days of annual leave from December 23 to 24, December 27, and December 30 to 31, you can enjoy a 12-day break starting from Saturday, December 21, 2024, and returning to work on Thursday, January 2, 2025.


These strategies will help you make the most of your annual leave 2024, ensuring you have plenty of time to recharge and reset. Regular breaks throughout the year are crucial in managing stress and preventing burnout. Maximising your annual leave can avoid burnout and maintain a healthier work-life balance. So start planning now to make 2024 a year of rest and results!


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