“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Vacations allow you to refresh and reflect. Otherwise, you’re simply not bringing your best self to work.
When it comes to vacations, one size definitely does not fit all. Some relish tranquility and pampering; others enjoy intense sightseeing and physical activity; and still others prefer a combination.
Here are five tips for getting the most from your vacation:
1. Disconnect “To” Something, Not “From” Something. Apply the principles of attraction to vacation planning. Strong attraction neutralizes work distraction, so select a locale or activity that hasreal interest for you. Don’t settle for what your partner or other family members want to do.
2. Use Technology Wisely. If you must stay connected to the office, set aside certain times of the day to do so. For example, it can be much less stressful to review emails while on vacation, than knowing you will return to an inbox with hundreds or thousands of messages waiting for you.
3. Consider Mini-Vacations. Some professionals find it easier and more enjoyable taking three or four days off at a time rather than chunking their vacation into longer periods. They feel more in control, and therefore are able to relax and really refresh.
4. Piggyback Vacation on Business Travel. Add several days of R&R to business trips – with or without family members. This tactic can be very attractive in terms of experiencing or previewing new locales for a more extended holiday.
5. Schedule a “Bridge” Day. To avoid office re-entry shock, give yourself a day to “sneak” back to work before your official return date. This will allow you to get caught up before the usual work demands hit your calendar. Some do this by coming in on the weekend; others slip into their office the day before their official return and keep their door closed.