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Going on holiday? How to make it count.

As a business owner it can sometimes be difficult to ‘unplug’ on holiday. And by difficult I mean impossible. The last five years I have been more or less on my own and so that has meant I have stayed very connected while away to make sure clients are taken care of and timelines for events continued on schedule. Now that I have taken on a couple of part-time teammates I am looking forward to relaxing a bit more. I will still stay somewhat connected but it is going to be a nice change of pace. Here are a couple of tips I have picked up for making the most of your holiday.

Let clients know a few days in advance that you are going on holidays. That way, if they have any questions you can hopefully answer them before you go and it will help them to be more mindful of contacting you while you are away.

Rather than constantly connecting and checking your email numerous times a day concentrate your efforts. Choose a half hour or hour block of time to go through emails and respond to anything pressing. Maybe your partner sleeps in or your toddler has a morning nap where you can slip a bit of work in and not interrupt the flow of your day. I know that there is a lot of literature about unplugging completely on holiday but for some people that may cause even more stress and I think you need to find a level of ‘unplugging’ that is right for you.

Leave yourself a buffer for when you return from holidays. Extend your ‘out-of-office’ note by a day or get back on the weekend to give yourself some time to get organized and feel in control of your inbox. That way you won’t feel as completely overwhelmed on your first full day back at work.

I hope that these few tips help you get the most out of your holidays…bon voyage!