How to Take a Real Vacation From Work

August 8, 2013

Career Advice

How to take a real vacation from workSummer is the time for enjoying a cool drink on an open patio, a charred burger fresh off the grill, and hopefully a week of relaxation. Using that vacation time is something we look forward to all year, but sometimes the impending trip causes tons of stress. Frantically trying to finish work and worrying about unfinished projects while you’re out of the office is no fun. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your time away.

1. Be proactive.
One to two months before your trip, start thinking of what important deadlines are looming. Now map out each week before your trip to meet those deadlines early. Try to wrap everything up a few days before you leave if possible so you can answer any questions that arise. Ask coworkers if they’re willing to answer any questions or tackle any last-minute changes on your behalf while you’re gone.

2. Tell people.
Start planting the seed that your vacation is coming up a few weeks before you leave. Remind coworkers that if they need anything or if they have any questions, the time to ask is now — before you leave.  And get that out of office reminder on your email cued up. Be explicit about the days you will be gone and remind people that you will not be checking email (even if you will!). Remind others of which other knowledge coworkers they can talk to during your absence.

3. Unplug and Enjoy.
When you are on vacation, enjoy yourself. The only way to do that is to walk away from technology. If you have to, check your email once mid-week and leave it at that. The work will still be there when you return and your coworkers are smart people — they will figure something out until you return.

Image by epSos .de/Flickr.

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