You could be planning to go away for a few days or a few weeks – you still might panic before and during your time off or even end up working, ruining your well deserved holiday. It’s understandable that you care about your business and clients, but you too need some worry-free time off. And with a little prep and trust in other people, you should be able to plan and get everything ready before you go:
1. Finish off what you can
Allow yourself plenty of time to complete as many of your projects as possible. If you can’t, consider delegating these to a team member or a freelancer who has the relevant skills and expertise, and most importantly – someoneone you trust.
Let your clients and team know that you will be taking time off well in advance so they can prepare for your absence. Brief them in detail about where you are with projects, who will be taking over your projects – if that’s the case, and let them know what to do in case of emergencies. It’s good to offer to be on call if needed, but you don’t want everyone to be calling you with any small issues that could emerge while you are away,
3. Take advantage of automation
With a variety of automation tools available, it’s possible that your absence will hardly be noticed. We put together a list of some helpful tools that could help with automating your daily activities:
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4. Delegate to a team member or a freelancer
Having someone you trust who can replace you while you are away will not only give you a peace of mind but also helps to keep clients happy, without the risk of losing any new work that might come your way during your holidays.
5. Turn off notifications
You don’t want emails and notifications popping up on your phone while you are trying to enjoy some time off. Turn off all notifications and if you can, eliminate time on your business social media profiles. It requires a great level of discipline, but if you can, try to only check your email once a day, during a specific time so you can forget about it all before and after.
6. Set up your out of office
It’s important to keep your email senders informed that you are not available to respond to their email instantly. In your out of office notification mention who is the best person to respond in your absence and your return date. If it’s urgent, your delegated person could help with any enquiries, otherwise you can deal with the emails once you return.
7. Pick a quiet (-ish) time
It’s easier said than done, but if you can, try to plan your holiday around a time when you are likely to be less busy or when your clients are more likely to be off as well. It could be the case that you will need to pack and go at a much shorter notice or if you go away during the obvious holiday times, it might cost a bit more – but if you are worried about work it’s worth it to give you the peace of mind and time and space to relax.