While we all love our jobs, there is nothing more exhilarating than starting the weekend off just a bit earlier than normal! In other words, get your desk cleared and your out of office ready for "National Leave Work Early" day on June 1, 2018!
This day was invented by Laura Stack, a specialist in employee productivity. Stack noted that Americans work about 49 hours a week, and a grand total of about 350 more hours a year than most Europeans.
On this day, if you're an employee, upon completion of all the necessary day’s work and the needed approval, it is suggested that you leave work early to enjoy the rest of the day. If you own a business, let your employees know they are free to go as soon as they finish their tasks for the day. (You might be surprised at how much less time it can take to get the job done!)
In honor of Leave Work Early Day, The CVB has compiled an inspirational list of things to do during your time away from the office!
1. Get outdoors!
Lake Mitchell just north of the city has all kinds of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and camping. You’ll find 8 miles of off-road hiking and biking trails in the Kiwanis Woodlot Park along the lake’s shore.
2. Check out Historic Downtown
Mitchell's Historical Main Street Area boasts more than 150 unique shops, amazing local eateries, beautiful architecture and profound history.
3. Hit a Hole in One
Whether you're at Lakeview or Wild Oak, you're sure to find the best quality greens in the area! Set up your tee time today and "hit the links" on Friday!
4. Give your kitchen the night off
Whether you are looking for a traditional Midwestern dish, breakfast all day, or a quick grab, Mitchell has 50+ restaurants to choose from!
5. Try to make "fetch" happen
The Mitchell Dog Park, located on the south end of Cadwell Park, 1301 N. Minnesota, features acres of enclosed areas for large and small dogs. They are well shaded and equipped with drinking fountains, benches, and gravel pathways.
6. Plan a "staycation"
Instead of heading home, start your weekend off early with a "stay-cation." Check in to one of Mitchell's sixteen hotels/motels and make the weekend all about comfort and relaxation.
7. Search for hidden treasures!
In the Mitchell area alone, there are over 90 geocaches. These little treasures can be found in spots that range from obvious to obscure!
8. Be a Tourist for the Day!
Come exp-EAR-ience Mitchell’s many historical attractions, starting with the a-MAIZE-ing Corn Palace. Mitchell is also home to the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public! Discover the art of Oscar Howe and Charles Hargens at the Dakota Discovery Museum. Jump Back in time at the Carnegie Resource Center or schedule a tour at Hansen Wheel & Wagon.
9. "Treat Yo-self" to a Spa day!
Relax at one of Mitchell's many spa options. Weather it's a soothing massage, a float, or a freeze. Mitchell is your relaxation destination!
10. Avoid the lines!
Everyone tends to get their shopping done either on the weekends or right after work. After you leave work early, stop by the store and enjoy the quickest shopping you've probably ever had! You'll finish your errands so fast, you might even have time to pick up that must-have top you've been eyeing!
11. Dive in!
Relax pool side at Hitchcock Park! Mitchell's outdoor water park features a 50-meter competition pool, zero-depth areas and a 100-foot water slides.
12. Get a clean bill of health!
We like to focus on fun activities during Leave the Office Early Day, but you can't forget about the importance of you health today! Weather it's a quick check-up or a broken bone, you have access to comprehensive care in Mitchell!
13. Curl up with a good book or binge watch your favorite show!
Sometimes after a long week, it's nice to just go home and relax. Take these extra couple hours while everyone is still at work and enjoy some downtime! The Mitchell Public Library has a wide variety of books to choose from.
14. Go for a Run
Go for a run (or walk) and enjoy Mitchell's 8 miles of hiking and biking trails. If outdoor running isn't your thing, Mitchell has tons of gyms and exercise facilities available!
15. Get your Happy on!
Grab your friends and catch up over drinks. Check out Mitchell's night life and take advantage of the happy hour specials!
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