The holiday season is a great time to celebrate the year, enjoy friends and family, and get some much needed rest before the new year. If you’re not prepared for the time off work, it can be more stressful than necessary though. Below are five tips to help you ensure you can enjoy the holiday season.
Ask clients and coworkers about their holiday plans and tell them when you’ll be out of the office. For those you work closely with, remind them more than once. Doing so will ensure that they aren’t surprised when they get an auto-response email or you’re not available to help them.
When you set up your auto-response email, make sure it clearly indicates when you’ll be back to work and what to do when there is an urgent matter. A vague auto-response can lead to confusion and extra work when you return.
Make your holiday plans as early as possible, then add them to your work calendar. Doing so will allow you to schedule projects and meetings around your time off. You’ll avoid having to reschedule meetings or cram in extra work time before and after your vacation.
If you’re planning on taking your work laptop with you, be sure to back it up before you leave. Accidents can happen and it will be a much less enjoyable trip if you lose important work because of a computer mishap. It would be a good idea to backup any external hard drives, tablets and other work devices as well before you leave.
It can be hard to focus on work when you know there’s some time off in store. If you don’t complete projects or leave work unfinished, it will be hard to disconnect during your vacation. Try to stay focused and complete the work necessary to stay on schedule when you return from vacation.