Last week on the blog we looked at why it makes productive sense for business owners to take proper holidays and switch off from work and technology completely for a short while. Although having uninterrupted time to relax and refocus is the ideal holiday scenario, we realise that it’s often not possible for busy managers and business owners, especially when major projects are running. If you find yourself in this position and are having to factor work into your holiday plans, setting yourself some strict ground rules and advance planning can help ease the pain – for you and your holiday companions.
Top tips for managing work while you’re on holiday.
Preparation, preparation, preparation. The best way to ensure that you get some time for decent relaxation on holiday is to put in the organisational effort beforehand. Make sure that major clients and stakeholders are well aware in advance and are not taken by surprise by your absence. (If your initial client contracts make it clear that other contractors or partners might be involved in projects at certain points, all the better for transparency).
Log on at a specific point each day and set yourself a time limit for checking in, answering emails etc. If you know you just need to put in an hour before breakfast every day and can then switch off, you can keep abreast of important developments without too much disruption to your (or your family’s) holiday.
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