Your checklist for unplugging from work while on vacation

unpluggingThe definition of vacation is “taking a break from work” or vacating the office. There are three very important reasons for taking a vacation from the busyness of work: to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

You need downtime, otherwise, stress and burnout will come knocking. Tweet that!

A recent HR management study showed that 40% of workers “feel more productive and better about their job” when returning from vacation. Stats or not, think about how YOU feel when you return from time away from your office.

It’s likely you feel a sense of wellbeing that comes with giving your brain and your body some time away from the daily routine.

The truth is it’s getting harder to completely disconnect from work while on holiday. Expectations from clients and colleagues may have impeded your ability to feel guilt-free when you’re offline.

Here’s a quick and easy checklist you can use to prepare for your off-the-grid downtime and make unplugging easier so you can enjoy your time away.

1.  Prepare before departure:
__ Add your vacation dates to your email signature 2 weeks prior to leaving
__ Schedule your last day before holidays to tie up loose ends
__ Write and schedule your out-of-office email response

2.  While you’re away:
__ Turn off notifications (email, text, social media etc.)
__ Schedule specific times to process your email
__ Remind the recipient that you are on holidays and won’t be accessing your email as frequently

3. Your first day back to work:
__ Keep your out-of-office email reply on
__ Do not schedule meetings
__ Block off time in your day to catch up on emails and projects

The purpose of having a vacation is to unwind and relax. Put your work out of arm’s reach as much as possible and fully take advantage of your time away. Before you know it, you’ll be back into work mode, but in a more relaxed state-of-mind.

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