“Bringing your work home with you” has taken on a whole new meaning with the introduction of the smart phone. We can literally be contacted 24/7. Switching off can be hard and for some the temptation is too great to resist checking those work emails whilst at home. Others may face the conundrum of returning to an overflowing inbox if they don’t take some action whilst away.
However, everyone needs time away from work to properly unwind and enjoy time with those close to them. Here are my tips to help you make the most of your upcoming long weekend break:
Let your clients or key contacts know that you will be away from the office and only to contact you in the case of an emergency. Allocate a back-up contact to assist you if you will be away for an extended period of time. Switch on your out-of-office auto signature with an informative message of action to take in your absence and indicate your return date.
Prioritise your work and endeavour to wrap up projects and tie up loose ends in the weeks/ days prior to your leave. Try to avoid last minute meetings that may generate new work in the few days leading up to your departure.
By constantly checking your device every 10 mins you are not 100% present in the moment and this can be frustrating to those around you. If you have a job that REALLY requires you to be accessible, then schedule in a set time each day, in a quite space, where you log in and check for urgent items that need actioning. This way you will enjoy your break and ensure quality time is spent with your loved ones.
Only for the serious
Leave your phone at home! Remove or switch off your work email account for the duration of your leave. Or better still head for the hills where there is no mobile reception – that way you can be assured you WILL make the most of your relaxation time!
Taking a break is essential to your long term productivity in the workplace. By taking a break you will feel refreshed and thus be more productive and effective. Avoid the risk of burnout!