It’s easy now to stay connected to work on your vacation. More and more people work when they are on vacation. It’s the anxiety, that if they don’t check in they will be overwhelmed by the time they get home. Or they will miss something.
What would it take for you to take a vacation and leave work at work?
It’s great to have a list of current projects and where you are at with them. Any documents or any other person that knows about the documents can be out so you don’t have to be called.
Let key people know you are going to be on vacation ahead of time so you can do imperative things before you leave. And keep reminding them you will be gone.
Ask your boss what is most important for you to get done before you leave for vacation.
In your email vacation autoresponder share who else they can email while you are gone. Set that person up before you leave.
Make sure work knows to call you only in an emergency. Don’t give your cell phone to everyone.
Have a list of what you need to do when you get back that you make before your vacation.
If you can, leave the laptop at home. If you aren’t there yet with your electronic addiction, set 15 minutes in the evening to check your email. Don’t play with it on and off during the day. That makes it difficult to relax. Same with your phone. Return calls only at a certain time in the day.
Then relax and have fun in your vacation!