Spring is upon us! Now is the time to start planning a vacation. We all need a little time away from work for our mental and physical health. Okay, let’s do it and come up with a great plan for your ultimate vacation.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Review your calendar before it fills up. What days are available for a week or two?
- Okay, you have found some days that are open, submit those days for vacation leave to your boss.
- Set your vacation dates on the calendar and block out those dates.
- Immediately start thinking about what you would like to do on vacation.
- What sounds fun, exciting or interesting to you? Going to a museum, relaxing on the beach, reading a book with a nice breeze, hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, scuba diving, dancing, attending a baseball game, bird watching, zoo, wildlife park, camping, or traveling somewhere you have never been before.
- Now, it is time to book the travel arrangements and accommodations. It is important to do it right away, so nothing else can be scheduled for that time.
- What job functions can you delegate while you are gone? Start training others for those tasks, so when you are on vacation these things get completed and are done right. No worrying while you’re gone. It is being handled.
- Share your duties with the whole team. Giving different tasks to several people will ensure they can still perform their own job assignments as well.
- Communicate to everyone you will be on vacation from this date to this date and you will be unavailable during those dates.
- Insert the vacation dates on your email notification, voice mail messages and whom to contact while you are out.
- The most important thing is UNPLUG. Reframe from checking your work emails or voice messages until you get back.
By enjoying your time off, you will come back to work refreshed, recharged, motivated, inspired and passionate. Taking a vacation is good for you and everyone around you!
Call to Action:
After returning from vacation, tell me about your vacation; even if it was a “staycation”. Were you refreshed, motivated and ready to come back to work? I would love to hear all about it. ~ Patti