5 Tips On How To Switch Off On Holiday

by Travelbag on 24 May 2016, 12:05PM

A relaxing holiday should be just that, relaxing. So why is it that so many people struggle to switch off from ‘work mode’ while they’re on their jollies?

In fact, our recent research shows that a third of people admit to worrying about work during their holiday, and for that reason we decided to put together five top tips to help you get the most out of your holiday.

1. Make a plan

Switching Off - make a plan

Are you one of those people who can’t stop checking their work emails or thinking about mounting workloads during a holiday?

To avoid stressing about work, before you go, make a plan of everything that you wish to complete by the time you leave. Make deadlines for yourself and stick to them.

Getting everything, or as much as you can, done before you go away will help ease the fear that things in the office might fall apart without you. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you walk out of the door, which will make you feel like you have earnt your holiday.

TOP TIP: When making your plan, use colour coding to distinguish the importance of each task.

2. Avoid your emails

Switching Off - avoid your emails

Emails are highly addictive, so it can be difficult to not check them while you’re on holiday. Our survey highlights that 19% of people feel the urge to start checking their work emails on the first day away from the office. Moreover, 22% feel the need to check their work emails during their holiday to be able to fully relax and unwind.

However, checking your emails while on holiday means that you won’t be able to fully relax and get out of ‘work mode’. Besides, what about the person / people you’re with? No-one wants a holiday partner who’s glued to their smartphone all the time.

If you absolutely must check your emails while you’re away, limit yourself to set times per day, and a maximum of twice. For example, you could check them when you wake up in the morning or before you go out for dinner in the evening.

TOP TIP: Before you go on your holiday, set up an ‘out of office’ email, detailing who would be contacted instead / in case of emergency.

3. Leave your phone at home

Switching Off - leave your phone at home

If, like thousands of others, you have a smartphone especially for work purposes, consider leaving it at home. Having your work phone with you on holiday will only serve as a temptation to check your emails or call the office, so it’s better to just not have it with you.

If you do choose to leave your work phone at home (hurray!), make sure you let your colleagues know beforehand.

4. Be creative!

Switching Off - be creative

Being on holiday is a great opportunity to sit back and relax, but it’s also usually the time that your creative juices start flowing more freely.

If you come up with a fantastic business idea while you’re on your break, simply write it down and relax again - the cocktail waiter probably doesn’t want to hear about how you plan to tackle that difficult client when you get back in the office.

5. Avoid temptation

Switching Off - avoid temptation

19% of people imagine that there are problems at work in their absence. Checking up on your colleagues will not only waste your valuable holiday time, it will also make you look needy and insecure.

No-one likes a boss who’s a control freak, and micromanaging members of staff will only serve to alienate them in the long run, so avoid calling the office at all costs.

Final thought…

Your holiday is there for you to relax and enjoy yourself. You should come back from your time away feeling refreshed, and this won’t happen if you’re checking your emails every half an hour. And what destinations are perfect for relaxing? We highly recommend Thailand or the Maldives.

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