Are you on holiday but you keep checking emails?
Holidays are a time to relax and recuperate from work. Holidays are a time to enjoy with family. Yet many of us find it difficult to relax while away from work and often people return from holidays as stressed and tired as before the holidays.
Families are left disappointed when fathers, partners and loved ones can’t relax and join in the family activities. Families are upset when a parent or partner is continually on their phone or checking emails. Families hate it when family engagements are interrupted by work, or their partner or father is always preoccupied with work.
Are you guilty of always being preoccupied with work, or can you close the door at the office and take a holiday with minimal thought of work? Will you return from your holiday well rested? Will you spend quality time with your family this holiday without work interruptions?
Leave work at the office
In this digital age we can be permanently connected to the office 24 hours, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks in the year. But we all deserve a rest. So how can you disconnect from the office?
But a holiday isn’t always a holiday if it’s going to be stressful. It’s important to plan holidays where you can relax. That doesn’t have to mean a beach holiday (which can be stressful for some), rather a holiday where you can escape the big crowds, a holiday doing what you like doing, a holiday where you’re don’t have to think, plan and organise every day.
It’s important to delegate
Learn to delegate. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Most of us think we’re indispensable to the company, but usually we aren’t. Surround yourself with trusted, responsible people. People who can take on some of your duties – especially the smaller stuff. Most employees want to be challenged, they want to learn new things, they want to take on more responsibility. Having trusted employees in place who can take on some of your responsibilities while you’re away will mean that you can safely go on holiday and know that everything is in safe hands.
Enjoy your holidays
It’s vital to have time off work, time to relax and time to spend with the family. None of us can work all the time. We all need a break from work. A good holiday will often clear your mind and you’ll return to work reinvigorated and ready to take on new challenges.
You’re on holiday, so ensure you really are on holiday. Don’t waste your holiday with work.
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