Your holiday is usually not a surprise. Admit it. You’ve booked it well in advance, checked out the local restaurants and nightlife and now you’re counting down the days. But while you are on it, you realize that many times you did not manage to enjoy it 100%.
Your body is in holiday mode but your brain is in work mode thanks to mails, messages or calls. Even the most paradisiacal beach most likely has coverage meaning you can’t relax, or really disconnect.
So, here’s my five tips to really disconnect from work on your holiday. Making a true connection with yourself will in turn help you better reconnect with work on your return:
1. Think of your holiday as a commitment
A commitment to yourself and your physical, mental and even spiritual state. It is not only a legal norm in most countries, it is some much needed ‘me time’ to focus on yourself, your motivations and dreams, and recharge your batteries. If you allow work into that vacation space you won’t succeed in achieving your ‘me time’.
2. Promote trust
If you manage a team or work in pairs, show the confidence you have in your colleagues to solve the situations that may arise during your absence. This also requires a commitment on your side to leave a clear handover so they can stand in for you during that time.
3. Turn off notifications
It’s basic but it works. We may have the best intentions to disconnect, but the temptation of checking e-mails or messages arises if we see a notification. Let your team know you will not be checking your phone or laptop and tell them how to contact you in case of emergencies.
4. Prepare your out of office
Don’t feel guilty putting on your out of office. Instead, leave a celebratory note so people who e-mail know not to disturb you and who to contact in your absence.
5. Add sports to your holiday mix
You can spend your holiday lying on the beach all day, but there will come a time when you will look for something more. Include a daily routine of 40 minutes of sport such as yoga, running or a game that you prefer.
By sticking to my five tips above I manage to practice that ‘me time’ and feel better equipped to return to the office.