5 Ways to Combine Work and Pleasure!
I meet many people who come to the Parry Sound area to re-visit places they have great memories of. Most of those memories come from when they were kids, and families took the time to get away on vacations.
If you think you are just too busy to take time away from your job to have a get-away, here are 5 tips to help you do just that!
1. Plan – everything!
Like everything else in life, if you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen! And don’t let your ego get in the way – delegate tasks to other people on your team. And, let everyone know the dates you will be away…
Besides planning for the trip, start planning your work in advance – especially the first few days when you are back. Don’t schedule meetings etc so that you have time to catch up with everything that went on while you were away – phone calls, e-mails, documents, etc.
2. If you must, stay in touch via the internet
Most accommodations offer access to the internet (it's free at 40 Bay Street B&B) so that you can check e-mails, skype and even participate in meetings via video-conferencing. Just set aside a specific time every day to work, and just as important, set a limit to how much time you will spend doing work.
3. Combine Business and Pleasure
If you have to travel for business, book a few extra days to check out the area. And, if you are attending a conference or other business event, make plans to network with colleagues after hours – this will strengthen relationships both personally and professionally.
4. Downtime is important for top performance on the job!
How many professionals ever have nothing to do? If you wait for that to happen to take time off, you will burn yourself out – because it will never happen! Taking a break from work has proven to be beneficial for both the employee and employer. You come back relaxed and energized, and just putting space between you and some of the issues you are grappling with - and giving your mind a break may provide a new clarity.
5. Take a mini-vacation
It’s amazing how an extra-long weekend can make a difference. Not all get-aways have to be a week – what about taking a Friday (or Monday) off in addition to the weekend?
And you don’t need to travel far… you can even plan day-trips if need be. Just start thinking about all the local places you said you’ve wanted to check out, but never have; create a list… and start back at Tip#1 to make sure it happens.