I havenâ€™t had paid vacation in a few years. Itâ€™s not that great. I havenâ€™t even taken an unpaid vacation that was more than three days in the same amount of time. It wears on you after a while. Every day youâ€™re not at work youâ€™re losing money. But mentally â€” and often physically â€” you need the break. ATP had a good discussion about a related issue this week: overworking programmers really doesnâ€™t make for a better product in the end. Nor happy programmers. Not having paid vacation is in the same vein. Itâ€™s unsustainable in the long run.