7 Ways to Unplug on Vacation

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7 Ways to Unplug on Vacation

Although entirely unplugging on vacation can be difficult, it is not impossible. By attempting to completely unplug oneself, you can make the disconnect a reality. It's also possible that you'll need to know how to work and schedule in multiple time zones. Here are some of our finest suggestions for having an unplugged vacation.

  1. Have a strategy.

Vacation unplugging begins even before you leave the office. In the days and weeks leading up to your vacation, think about what difficulties or incidents might arise that could detract from your enjoyment. Make every effort to get ahead on any major projects. If you have any important deadlines while you're away, make sure you finish them before you leave. It's beneficial to plan several weeks or months ahead of time and enlist the support of your team to finish your duties while you're away. Then, while they are out of town or on vacation, you will return the favor.

  1. Mark your calendar for the trip.

Make a note of your vacation days on your calendar. It is critical that your coworkers are aware of your absence. They should, hopefully, be considerate of the fact that you are on holiday. Most people won't disturb you if they know you're on vacation, especially if you've given them several weeks' notice.

When you add vacation days to your calendar, you may be able to avoid scheduling any important meetings while you are away. Although it is probable that you will miss certain meetings, everyone will be aware that you will not be present. Any expectations regarding your presence will be managed by the information you provide.

  1. Take into account your job schedule.

Many of us would rather arrange our vacations without giving work a second consideration. Considering your job duties, on the other hand, can assist you avoid having to check into work while on vacation. Spend some extra time getting to know what's going on at work, with your team, and with all upcoming initiatives. People are usually willing to help if you have provided plenty of warning. Don't leave it till the last possible moment.

Choose a time when work is slow to go on vacation. If you know that work will be busy at a certain time, attempt to schedule your vacation after the peak period. Examine personal schedules as well, such as extended family duties.

  1. Take trips that aren't as long.

If you can't leave work for a two-week vacation without interruptions, consider taking shorter excursions. If you can get away for a week without interruptions, the shorter trip might be worth it. We have a couple people at work that take off every Friday for five weeks each year, then take a week off. This time-off schedule works well for them, and they are heroes in the eyes of their coworkers.

  1. Inform others.

You should also directly contact some employees in addition to posting the vacation time to your Calendar. Of course, you'll need to inform your manager. Also, inform frequent employees that you will be unavailable for the duration of your absence. Make a list of everybody you need to inform about your vacation as soon as possible. It's not uncommon for you to be startled by who makes the cut.

  1. Disable notifications.

It's easy to be tempted to check your inbox every time your phone rings. Turning off all work-related notifications is the simplest method to resist the temptation to check notices. You may even put all work-related apps on your phone in a "off limits" category. Putting the apps in a difficult-to-find location may help you break the habit of automatically checking your inbox every few minutes.

  1. Resist the impulse to buy wireless internet.

You will come across locations with limited internet access during your travels. You have the choice of finding a coffee shop with decently fast wifi or paying for wifi through your hotel or phone service provider if you find yourself in this predicament. On vacation, looking for wifi consumes time that could be spent enjoying your surroundings. Paying for wifi when traveling can be very expensive and may not be worth it. I've found that the savings outweigh the inconvenience.

Choose to be disconnected over other options. If you can't be found, you're more inclined to relax and appreciate your new surroundings. Make sure that "out of town" is set on all of your devices, as well as the dates that you will be unavailable. Most keys include the precise day and time of your return on your outgoing auto message.

About the Author

Richard Bertch

Richard is a contributing finance author at ChamberofCommerce.com and freelance writer about all things business, finance and productivity. With over 10 years of copywriting experience, Richard has worked with brands ranging from Quickbooks to Oracle creating insightful whitepapers, conversion focused product pages and thought leadership blog posts. 

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