Tips to help you stop worrying about work and unwind on holiday!
At last, after months of waiting, you find yourself plonked on a sun lounger, swimsuit on, cocktail in hand, with the glittering, emerald sea just metres away.
You smile, close your eyes, and – Oh, did I remember to send that important email? Do you think Shirley remembered to speak to that client? Did I handover everything? Did I even set my out of office reply!?
This scenario is all too common nowadays, with holidaymakers plagued by work-related woes as they try desperately to kick back, relax and enjoy their trip. But stressing about work ain’t healthy and it sure ain’t fun. We’re meant to return to our jobs feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not feeling more stressed than before we left!
So, the Go Ape tribe have put together some top tips to help those work-related thoughts fizzle out, leaving you to focus on having fun in the sun!
Proper planning prevents poolside panicking. A week or two before your hols, make a list of tasks you need to complete, what you need to delegate, and who you need to talk to. A great tip is to clear your calendar for your last day in the office so you can make sure that everything – and everyone – is well-prepped for your departure.
Accept that you’re entitled to your holiday, you’ve worked incredibly hard for it, and actually, taking time off to rest and recharge is crucial to doing your job well. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so time out from your work may make you value it more, and work that little bit harder, when you return.
Urgent emails only
Ideally, you wouldn’t check your inbox whilst on holiday – after all, you’ve set your OOO, so people know you’re enjoying some downtime. But if you can’t resist, check them just once daily, late in the afternoon so they don’t hamper your day (and when there’s no point in replying as everyone would have left the office). Only look at ones you think are urgent – i.e., not the ones titled ‘Staff Christmas party ideas’ or ‘Cute cat vid.’
Keep yourself busy
If you see spreadsheets every time you shut your eyes, maybe you need to do something different to lounging by the pool (sorry). Take your mind off anything work-related by exploring the area, meeting the locals, signing-up to an excursion or doing something a little daredevil, like paragliding on the beach! In our opinion, a holiday jam-packed with exploration and adventure is far more fun and memorable anyway!
Time to reassess?
If being unable to unwind on holiday is a common thing, and you end up spending most of your trips worried about workloads, projects or overbearing bosses, maybe it’s time to reassess. If you find it tough to achieve that work/life balance, perhaps it’s time to start considering other options. Just remember: we don’t live to work, we work to live!