Vacation Time? 12 Ways to Leave the Office Behind

Posted August 15, 2013 by
Dawn Dugan

Dawn Dugan, contributing writer

You work hard. You deserve your vacation. Yet in a world where we’re all shouldering more and constant connectivity is par for the course, leaving the office behind can seem difficult, if not impossible.

Yet with a little preparation and follow-through, work doesn’t have to ruin your vacation.

This article explores 12 tips to a restorative, relaxing, and work-free vacation you can truly enjoy.

1. Consider timing

If you prepare taxes for a living, don’t schedule your vacation during the first two weeks in April. Pick a time of year when your workload and the demand on your time is reasonable.

2. Make a list of things you must do before leaving

There’s nothing worse than having your snorkeling session interrupted by a panic attack when you realize you forgot to return an important client’s call, or put the finishing touches on a project.

Make a detailed list of things you must do before you leave, and check them off as you go.

3. Make a list of things you must do upon returning

It’s hard to relax when you think you’re going to return to chaos. Make a detailed, clearly itemized list of things you must do when you return to your office.

Instead of fretting about your return and what it holds, you’ll know exactly what your first few days back will entail.

4. Organize your work area before you leave

There are two good reasons for this. First, it’s nice knowing you’re going to return to a clean and organized space.

Second, you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation knowing that unfinished work isn’t buried somewhere on your messy desk.

5. Delegate tasks to capable co-workers

Someone will have to take care of your work while you’re away.

Give your work to colleagues you can trust to follow through and do a great job, and you’ll give yourself peace of mind.

6. Tell clients who to contact in your absence

Avoid returning to a voice mailbox stuffed with messages from clients.

Tell them when you are leaving and returning, and give them the name and contact information of the trusted person who will handle their needs during your absence.  Continue reading . . .

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