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Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:37

Vacation Brain

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Have you ever noticed that a few days before vacation, your mind starts wandering? You start thinking about what to pack, what books you’re going to read, and what kind of cocktails you’re going to be sipping on the beach.

Well, you might be getting this e-mail a little late today, because I think I have a case of vacation brain. Zig Ziglar says, “If you treat every day like it’s the day before vacation, you’ll get more work done.” While that may be true for some people, I have a tendency to check out a bit. My vacation is pending and I’m already thinking about boating and taking my boys tubing for the first time.

I was kindly reminded earlier that I needed to submit my blog for the week, so I decided to get back in the game, and figure out what needs to be done before I leave. Here are a few things I have to do:

  • Prioritize: Take a look at everything that needs to be accomplished and ask yourself, “What would be the harm if this got put on hold until I get back?”
  • Be honest with yourself: I’m notorious for making everything urgent, and not everything really is. Be honest about what you really can get done.
  • Delegate: Is there someone else on your team who can step in and help you out? There’s no harm in asking for help.
  • Communicate with your team: Once you decide what can wait, be sure to communicate with your team so there are no misunderstandings. Let them know if you plan to check e-mails, voicemails, and whether you want to be contacted while you’re away. And, have a back-up plan in place when you leave.

Taking a vacation is critical to overall productivity and employee engagement. It refuels the energy we bring to the workforce and fosters creativity. Some say it’s better for overall health and quality of work.

Whatever “they” say, I believe taking a good vacation is what is needed for my family and my overall well being. So, vacation…here I come.

P.S. Due to the Fourth of July holiday, there will be no e-Weekly next week.

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