You plan a holiday to relax, rejuvenate, and forget all about work.
But often being out of the office often means doing a mountain of extra work before and after your supposedly relaxing time off, which in turn can make you more stressed.
So what’s the secret to ensuring your time off is as relaxing as possible?
Before your holiday, make sure you over communicate and delegate. Make a prioritised list of tasks that need to be done during your time off and establish a hand-off process for each one, coordinating with anyone who will be filling in while you’re away.
Next, send out plenty of advanced notice of your holiday to anyone who might be impacted so they’re all aware of how long you’ll be gone and who to go to whilst you’re away.
During your holiday, make sure you set an intention: are you trying to relax, learn about a new culture, or connect with friends and family? Think of this intention as your only job during your time off — and give yourself permission to unplug from work so you can focus on achieving it.
Finally, when you return from holiday, take the first thirty minutes of your first day back to make a list of priorities, ideally before you open your inbox. Then tackle your new to-do list one-item at a time. Remember: you deserve a restorative and relaxing holiday.. You don’t deserve additional stress for taking it.
Taking holiday is SO important, even the top executives take time out, here’s what three of the world’s most successful CEOs have to say about the importance of holidays.
Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO
Hastings has publicly announced that he takes six weeks of vacation a year because it’s important for work-life balance. He has also said, “It is helpful. You often do your best thinking when you’re off hiking in some mountain or something. You get a different perspective on things.”
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO
Not only is Sandberg the COO of Facebook, she’s also an author. When working on Lean In, she was asked how she was able to balance writing, her job at Facebook, and her personal life. Sandberg claimed it was possible because she used all of her holiday days.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
Since taking over as CEO at Yahoo, Mayer has been one busy executive. According to Fortune, she claims that in an average week, “she has about 70 meetings scheduled, taking up 10 or 11 hours a day,” on top of managing the company. However, she hasn’t been overwhelmed during her time as CEO. As she told Fortune, “I pace myself by taking a week-long vacation every four months.”
Are you a CEO? If so, how many days do you take off every year?