Vacations can be fun, refreshing and rejuvenating if you plan them well. If you find yourself stressing about work, you won’t be able to reap the full benefits of your leave, defeating the whole purpose of taking a vacation.
Here are some essential tasks that you need to take care of before you leave so that you can enjoy a stress-free vacation.
Check your calendar
When you start planning your vacation, always check your schedule for important dates that you can’t take leaves on. Examples include offsite meets, client visits, etc.
Inform coworkers and clients about your leave
Get your leaves approved by supervisors well in advance. And a few days before leaving, put an email to teammates and clients notifying them about the exact number of days when you will be unavailable and whom they should be contacting in case of any urgent matters during your absence.
Train a backup
For urgent and vital tasks, train a team member to work as a backup, so you don’t have to worry about attending to urgent or important matters during your vacation. This person will take care of client coordination and reply to emails in your absence, facilitating a smooth, uninterrupted work process. Make sure you brief them about everything that they should know and also the location of the files/folders so that they don’t have to call you while you’re away.
Create an out of office email
Set an automatic OOO reply email to notify people about your absence and also provide the contact details of your backup.
Factor in a buffer
Making space for a buffer day after your vacation helps factor in travel delays and gives you time to prepare yourself better for resuming work after the break.
A little planning and prep goes a long way in helping you relax and unwind at your upcoming vacation without having to worry about work!