We have 7 tips for you on how to send your work thoughts on vacation. Read them if you’re anticipating an email report from your employees instead of going to the beach. Take them to heart if you chose to sit over last year’s company financial report instead of relaxing in the evening with wine in hand. And you should definitely familiarize yourself with them if you packed your business laptop instead of a new bikini. 

Close all drawers before leaving

All issues that you leave unresolved generate the risk of stress. Before you leave, make sure you’ve definitely written down the report you’ve been working on for a week, and that you’ve sent an email where your co-workers will find clear guidelines for their assigned tasks. To prevent harassing messages and emails, it’s a good idea to use an autoresponder to notify stakeholders that you’re in Tenerife without a network, phone or other electronic devices until the middle of the month. 

Free yourself from routine

On Mondays, you go to lunch with clients. Tuesday afternoons are spent in board meetings. On Wednesday you analyze last week’s results… On vacation you need to change your habits! When the scenery changes and you’re spending time at the beach instead of at the office, change your schedule and work pattern as well. Tame everyday life let off the leash and modify your day. At the very least, changing your diet or ditching Twitter in favor of current events from your local market might be a good idea.

7 tips on how to send your work thoughts on vacation
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work in the morning

No matter where you are – you need to be in touch with the customer you fought for four months. Sometimes it is impossible to completely turn off the “work” mode and forget about important agendas. Remember, however, that everything is a matter of dose, and during the vacations, as Brigitte Deplaix recommends,  work should be taken in micro doses! Allocate one morning a week for reviewing mail, catching up on news from the world, or contacting your accountant if you are self-employed. Once that time has passed, forget all commitments, change pace, focus on the present moment. 

Take a notebook with you

You’re drinking coconut water on the beach, basking in the sun, and suddenly an idea for a new business pops into your head. When you are relaxed the prefrontal cortex calms down, which consequently unleashes your creativity. Prefrontal cortex activity blocks creative thinking. This is the very rational part of the brain, where knowledge of what we know is stored. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have proven that we are most creative when we are not focused on the outcome of actions and do not refer to what we already know. It’s no surprise that we come up with interesting ideas during the vacations – so write them down in a notebook so you don’t forget about them, but don’t open it again until after the vacations.

7 tips on how to send your work thoughts on vacation
Write down all your ideas, but don’t start acting until after the vacations.

Send problems on vacation

While dining together with friends at one of the local restaurants, between one toast and the next the famous question, “How are you?” is asked. That’s when the urge awakens in you to talk about problems with customers and moments when you were annoyed by your boss. Among friends we feel relaxed and free, we seem to be able to say everything that is on our hearts. However, it is important to remember that the vacations are a time to ensure a pleasant atmosphere, experience beautiful moments and Gaze at the starry sky at night. This is a time of relaxation for you, but also for your friends, so don’t treat them like therapists to help solve your problems at work. Not now! 

Take on new challenges

By the second day you started to get bored lying on the beach? Do you feel that you are missing work, tired of being idle? Maybe you even miss the Excel posts. Vacations are a difficult time for workaholics because achieving goals brings pleasure, and there aren’t many of those on vacation. You should locate your natural need for fulfillment in new activities – find one that appeals most to you. Try your hand at the paddock, go to a yoga class or an afternoon tennis match.

7 tips on how to send your work thoughts on vacation
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Don't feel indispensable

The world won’t collapse when you don’t keep your finger on the pulse and control the work of your team during the vacations. Your co-workers are not small children, and they also have a vested interest in the well-being of the company. You shouldn’t be dramatic and constantly calling them out, scrutinizing their every move. Steredenn Hudson Offret reminds us that cemeteries are full of essential people, and adds, “It’s a shame that this is a place of real rest.”


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