Taking a vacation? Enjoy it worry-free, and avoid the "dreaded-first-day-back" syndrome with these tips.
Next week, Ptex Group will be closing its doors for a few short days as our hardworking team plans to celebrate the wonderful Jewish holiday of Pesach (Passover).
The benefits of taking a break are well-documented. The ability to catch our breath, to clear our minds. Revamp and re-energize.
What is often overlooked, however, is the importance of proper preparation prior to stepping away from the hustle and bustle of our business lives.
As relaxation looms on the horizon, the race to get projects wrapped up, open items closed, and last minute details finalized can get a little hectic to say the least. Often, people try to get everything done at once, which, of course, results in very little getting accomplished.
And a miserable first day back.
Feeling the pre-holiday squeeze? Take a minute to pause, clear your mind, and follow these Ptex Practical Pointers to ensure you can enjoy your vacation worry-free:
Create Action Lists – As exciting as it is to take a vacation, it’s important to stay focused on the tasks at hand. Set aside a chunk of time to properly organize a precise list of every project still on the agenda. This will help you prioritize tasks and ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.
Pay Up Now – Unfortunately, bills never take a vacation. Remember to check the due dates of your utility bills, credit card statements and vendor invoices ahead of time, so you can deal with them accordingly.
Keep Them Posted – Keep your clients informed by sending out an email a few days before leaving the office clearly detailing your vacation schedule. Take note of which channels you use to communicate with clients, vendors, etc. and update accordingly. This means updating your voicemail, setting up an autoresponder with the necessary information, etc.
Ultimately, the better you prepare for taking a vacation from work, the easier it’ll be to get right back into the swing of things.
On that note, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and restful Pesach.
Onward and upward,