You know that vacations are often spent working if you own a business. A 2018 Harvard Business Review analysis on CEO time allocation showed that chief executives worked 70 percent of their vacations, with 2.4 hours per day. Ninety-two percent of freelancers reportedly work on vacation.
Burnout can have severe psychological consequences. It is worth making an extra attempt to ensure that your vacation isn’t just another day at work.
You know that vacations are often spent working if you own a business.
Tips to Prepare for a Relaxing Work Vacation
You can minimise the amount of work that you have to do when you are on vacation by doing these things. These are the areas you should start.
Streamline your calendar.
Reschedule any calls or meetings that do not need to occur while away from work. You may be unable to attend specific sessions or calls. If so, you don’t need to reschedule. You might be able to ask your team if they have someone who can help you.
You will feel less stressed if you do not have to do any extra work during your vacation.
To let your employees and customers know you are away, communicate with them as soon as possible. Depending on how your workflow works, you might want to modify the auto-reply to your website inquiry form and use “sort” to keep your inbox focused.
This is a great chance to strengthen any automation that pulls data or share reports. This can be made more accessible by intelligent redundancies within your team. If you share the keys for the quarterly reports, you will have more flexibility regarding travel dates.
Prioritize responses based upon ROI.
Your team should know what you can forward and what they can handle independently. Your team should know what they can do without you.
Can someone from your team help a client who is significant while you are away? Do you have a network of people you can rely on if you are a solopreneur?
Communicate openly with your fellow vacationers.
Talking ahead with your family will help you set expectations. It is essential to clarify the space and time you will need. If so, do you require a quiet room in a hotel? And if yes, can you rely on your spouse for childcare? You can set up in a coffee shop and let your friends go shopping or to the pool. It is better to set boundaries & expectations early so that everyone can avoid awkward or frustrating moments while on vacation.
Take advantage of your location.
You may not need to work if you are on vacation. You could set up a well-being activity to motivate you for a large project—call from a lounge with a city view. After a walk through the rainforest, take notes about new product ideas. Ask locals how they manage their businesses and take advantage of cultural differences. You can leverage your surroundings to inspire creativity and help your business grow when you return.
Get professional development.
You don’t need to shut off your brain, but you don’t have to meet any deadlines, so make the most of your vacation period to listen to relevant podcasts and dream about your future. Also, read nonfiction that is relevant to your industry.
Plan your internet access.
Remote work 101 is a good idea, but it’s worth repeating: Knowing how you will access the internet and make calls (especially from abroad, via a flight, or from a ship) will help you save time and simplify your vacation. Relying on the internet can be reduced. Office 365 calendar lets you turn off offline access. Many cloud-based word processing, spreadsheet, and design programs have similar features. Please take advantage of them!
Relax and recharge.
In a typical week, you might plan time to exercise, meet friends, have dinner, and relax. These activities can also be scheduled during vacation. Your brain will appreciate a few hours of silence and a break from email and phone calls. Some things can wait. To build longevity in your company, you must curb burnout. Planning a vacation to work can help you do this.