Taking a vacation can be the best and worst time. Most of us are thrilled with the idea of having time off, but what about the buildup of work that will be waiting on your desk for you when you return?
Gino Wickman published an article for EOS about this very issue. Picking up and leaving for a much needed vacation can actually bring along some anxiety as well. You know you will be coming back to work that kept piling up while you were away. And that issue is why some of us come back from our much needed vacations feeling like we need another one again! So how can we avoid ruining our time off with worry? Wickman believes there is a way to do that and actually double your productivity at the same time:
I was recently discussing with someone how I’m able to take stress-free vacations, leaving totally caught up and returning rejuvenated and able to manage the pile of work waiting for me when I return. The secret is, as I teach my clients, to buffer your vacation.
He thinks in advance. He knows he’ll have a lot waiting for him when he comes back, so he schedules a buffer day on the day before he leaves and when he returns from vacation. A buffer day is meant to be a transition time, for when you won’t be available at work so you can make sure you have everything you can possibly have done ahead of time or so you can catch up once you’re back. That means absolutely no meetings of any kind, in person or on the phone. AccelaWork firmly believes in taking vacations to increase productivity growth. Take this time to prioritize what needs to be done so coming home won’t leave you with a ball of dread in your stomach.