As a result, less than half of small business owners opt to take any time off work at all. Yet even those bold enough to get out of the office every so often grab an average of just five days' vacation per year. Believe it or not, that inability to switch off is hurting your business - not helping.
It's crucial that you get yourself out of the office and enjoy a semi-regular change of scenery. Even if you're unable to unplug completely, it's totally possible to take a relaxing vacation while still getting a bit of work done.
Rearrange your to-do list.
Pick some dates you'd like to escape from the office, and ensure those days don't interfere with crucial projects you may have scheduled. Likewise, don't be afraid to push an important exercise back until after you've had your vacation.
Get stuff done before you leave.
In order to make the most of your time off and minimize the time you're going to have to spend working on your vacation, it's important to get as many tasks done as possible prior to your departure.
While on vacation, limit yourself to basic tasks.
The whole point of taking a working vacation is to relax. Limit yourself to basic tasks like checking emails, following up with key employees, or checking analytics.
Pick a schedule and stick to it.
If you can't get around doing a few more complex tasks while on vacation, be sure to stick to a firm schedule. If you need to check in with the office, do it at a set time every day. More important still, let employees know this is the only time of day they will be able to catch you in real time.
Choose a dedicated work space.
In order to maximize your productivity while working on vacation, it always helps to choose a dedicated work space. Visiting the same coffee shop each morning, or consistently using the kitchen table in your hotel room will help to simulate a more typical working environment.
If you can't provide good feedback, don't provide any.
When you are checking in with employees every so often, one of the worst things you could possibly do is to respond to their work with a two-word text message or a short and cryptic email. Complicated employee tasks may require complicated conversations; therefore, if you haven't got the time or the will to walk your team members through detailed instructions or subtle mistakes, don't bother trying at all. If feedback can wait until you're back from vacation, don't try to get to it before.
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