You’ll return healthier and happier if you learn how to truly unplug
It’s a scene many entrepreneurs know all too well: you go on vacation to take a break from your business, but as soon as you step foot on the beach you begin thinking about work.
No matter how hard you try, your mind keeps drifting to some matter you forgot to deal with before you left, or the work you must do when you return.
Here are some tips to keep your mind from wandering back to your business while you’re on vacation.
Leave Your Business in Good Hands
A common worry for vacationing entrepreneurs is the business falling apart without them.
While an understandable concern, it’s often not the case. Your business will be just fine providing you’ve taken a few precautions.
Train your employees well. Invest in training once they are hired and again every six months so they can keep up with any changes in the way your business operates.
Appoint an assistant manager and train that person what you do.
Appoint a temporary manager while you are on vacation.
Ask a colleague or trusted family member to handle select business responsibilities while you’re away.
Or, if there’s no one available to run things for you, simply tell your customers your business is closed for a week. Prepare for your vacation by doing any important work before you leave so there’s no void in customer service.
It’s not truly a vacation unless you’re taking a break from email and your digital devices.
Ideally you will leave the laptop, tablet and smartphone at home to avoid the temptation to “check in” on your business while on vacation.
If going device-free is impossible, instead set some boundaries to define your technology use.
Limit email time to 15 minutes each morning.
Send as few emails as possible and only respond to essential messages.
Check voicemail once a day only.
Don’t take your electronic devices out of the hotel room to avoid the temptation to power up by the pool.
Give your employees clear instructions about when (and why) they may contact you; otherwise, you may get calls all the time.
Say You’re Away
It’s hard to keep your mind off work if you keep getting calls and emails from your customers or suppliers.
In addition to communicating your holiday time to your employees (and providing instructions when it’s okay to reach you), consider likewise informing key customers and suppliers or anyone who connects with you regularly.
Let people know you are away and provide clear information about how and when they can reach you.
Share your schedule for checking emails and answering calls while on vacation.
If possible, name an employee or partner as your contact while on vacation.
Set up an email vacation alert containing any instructions for contacting you or your team. Be sure to include your return date.
Chances are people will be much less likely to bother you during your vacation.
Don’t let work eat into your precious vacation time. You deserve a break! There are plenty of benefits to taking some time off but you risk returning from holidays just as tired as when you left unless you can free your mind from thinking about your business while you’re away.