3 Tips for a More Relaxing Vacation
Running your own business or working as a freelancer probably means that you have the flexibility to schedule your own vacation this summer. Even if you work more traditional hours, you may be considering taking a trip before the summer draws to a close and we’re on our way into fall. Vacations are relaxing, stress-relieving, and creativity-boosting—if they’re done right. In this blog post, we’ll cover the top three things you can do before you leave to make your time away from the office truly restorative.
Get your email in order.
If you have hundreds or thousands of emails languishing in your inbox, it’s time to take action. Websites like The Email Game make clearing out your inbox easy, while Gmail apps and plugins let you do everything from pausing your inbox to automatically filing certain messages. Before you head out on your grand adventure, try to whittle away at those emails, follow up on important messages, and set up an auto-responder. It will be one less thing you’ll have to think about on the beach.
Make yourself a to-do list for when you get back.
There’s nothing worse than spending your time off remembering what you need to do when you get back (or should have done before you left). Take half an hour and sort through your to-do list. Make a plan for accomplishing the tasks you need to upon your return. When you do get back to the office, you’ll be able to get right back to work—rather than floundering in a sea of tasks.
Lastly but perhaps most importantly, unplug from your work. Turn off email notifications on your smartphone, and resist the urge to surf social media sites. Let yourself soak in all the sights and sounds of your vacation destination, without feeling like you have to share every second of it on Facebook! Your creativity (and family) will thank you.
That wraps up our list of tips for a relaxing vacation! We hope they help you get the most out of the rest of your summer.