Need to Work while on Vacation? How to do it the Right Way.

2016-12-01T19:13:53+00:00May 28th, 2015|Wellbeing, Productivity|

No matter how hard we try, sometimes we just can’t get away from our work, even on vacation. Whether it be a few days or a few weeks, the likelihood of completely abandoning your work during vacations is pretty miniscule. However, having fun and being productive don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are ways to enjoy your vacation while still getting your necessary tasks completed.

Here are my top tips for enjoying a balanced vacation:

Aim low

You should never really set goals below your potential, but vacation is a special case. Being too ambitious on your time off will only end up in personal disappointment or a wasted vacation—which leads to more disappointment. Instead, aim for the bare minimum: basic email correspondence. Vacay is not the time to start your next big project, propose something new to your boss or implement a new system. However, feel free to keep a small journal in case new ideas come to you while you’re recharging.

Dedicate some “me” time

…And by “me” time, I mean work time. If you’re the type to get antsy if you don’t know what’s going on, or if being away from your computer for too long makes you twitch, set aside fifteen to twenty minutes blocks of time (or 1-2 hours at MOST) once or twice a day, depending on how fretful you are. Quick checks-ins with your colleagues and your email may free up mind share to be fully present during other parts of your vacation. The knowledge that there will be special time devoted to keeping things in order will give you peace of mind, which is really what a vacation is all about.

Get your priorities straight

Even if you’re just enjoying a staycation, remember: you’re still not at the office. Relaxing comes first, and work comes second. Time off is vital for our wellbeing—we’re not robots built to work 24/7. It’s important to fully enjoy your vacation, whether you’re spending it with family, friends or by yourself. Even if you’re not encountering your most stressful time at work, you’ll be thankful for the restful period later on. Leave the worrying to someone else!

What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to working on vacation? Talk to me on twitter @myturnstone or @officestylist.

Working on Vacation: How to do it the right way