Vacation Approved! – Five Vacation Action Tips

“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.

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Susan Battley

An advisor to Fortune 100 executives and world-class institutions for more than twenty years, Dr. Susan Battley is an internationally recognized expert on CEO and leadership effectiveness. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and elite research institutions. She has worked with chief executives, university presidents, Nobel laureates, and prominent scientists, diplomats, and educators. A respected media source for analyzing leadership in the context of news-breaking events and key trends, Battley has been featured in outlets worldwide including CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio, and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chief Executive, Business Week, United Press International, Harvard Management Update, Entrepreneur, Science, Leader to Leader, Investments, and Worth. She is the founder and CEO of Battley Performance Consulting, a leadership strategy and organization effectiveness consultancy.