CNBC: What Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson can Teach you About Taking Vacations

Vacation and time off are crucial to happiness, productivity, and personal health. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, billionaire Richard Branson and former eBay CEO John Donahoe, all agree and prioritize their time off. Ruth Umoh explores what we can learn from these successful figures:

The media mogul, Oprah Winfrey realized early on the importance of carving time out for herself. Winfrey says that she was working hundreds of hours per week as a reporter in her 20s. It wasn't until she began to feel burnt out that she realized the importance of taking vacations.

About 54 percent of U.S. workers end the year with unused paid time off, according to the annual Project: Time Off report. The study was conducted by the market research company GFK, through an online survey of adult employees. The report points out that not taking a vacation hurts overall productivity and that breaks from work are necessary.