Autumn chill is in the air, but you are still probably looking forward to taking time off for the holidays. Whether you are spending a day creating a large meal or driving out of state to visit the people you care about, taking time off is a great way to recharge and enjoy the holiday season. Taking time off during this busy season can also be a challenge.
How can you make your out-of-office time easier? Prepare! With a few simple steps, you’ll feel more prepared for your vacation and be able to pick work back up more easily when you return.
1. Plan Ahead
It’s good to plan ahead as much as you are able. Not only does this give you a chance to give your coworkers or customers a heads up about your vacation time, but it also gives you a chance to work ahead so you won’t return to a desk full of work.
2. Don’t Book Anything Important the Day Before or the Day After Your Vacation
Sometimes scheduling issues are unavoidable. However, if you have the option it can be helpful to block off the day before and the day after your vacation time so that you can ensure that everything is ready for you to leave and so that you have a dedicated time to complete any tasks that came up while you were away.
3. Make a Checklist
Can you make a list of all the things you need to do before you leave for vacation? Make that list! Not only will it give you a visual record of all the things you have to do and how much progress you’ve made, the simple act of making the list will help you ensure that you’ve thought through all the tasks you need to have done before heading out.
4. Touch Base With Customers and Business Connections
One of the best ways to ensure that your checklist is complete is to touch base with the people you will be working with between now and your vacation. If you can give them advance notice, they might be able to talk to you about the things that they’ll need from your business during your absence. With those requests ready to go, you can be even more prepared.
5. Clean Up Before You Leave
Want to really get started on the right foot when you come back from your time away? Take a moment to neaten up your workspace before you go. Wash your coffee mug, take out the trash, and put things back where they belong on your bookshelf. This doesn’t mean you should pack away your ongoing projects, though, but take a moment to put those papers back into their folders so you don’t have to go digging to pick up the project again. This will ensure that you come back to a fresh slate and well-organized resources.