I Am on Vacation

To be on vacation may sound a bit out of season for us, but in some countries high season is in full swing… so, considering our current mobility, you can have a holiday whenever your heart or mind desires. Of course, holiday schedule has to be approved by your boss, but let’s not get caught up in such insignificant details.

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As any other employee, you have the right to a proper holiday, when you should be able to ignore anything job related. Except for emergencies, of course, and even those need to be actual emergencies – not just pretexts because you know stuff and it’s easier to ask you to do it. 

The whole idea of going on leave is to disconnect from any thing related to your job, otherwise it’s simply remote work. No “please have a look at the report I am emailing you now” or “we have some trouble with customer X, please give him/her a call”.

The most important thing you need to take into account when you get a vacation is not leaving any unfinished task and communicating clearly who should handle what in your absence. If you are responsible for a very important project with tight deadlines or something only you can take care of, don’t be surprised if people will keep calling you. 

Doesn’t matter if you are a manager and your subordinates call/message because they are used to do so each time they use the potty or your superior finds excuses to reach out – it’s called leave for a reason and you shouldn’t bother or be bothered during that time.

However, if there are some situations that prevent you from unplugging, you should at least set some rules applicable to everyone. For example, only communicate via email, which means that you can ignore certain messages and decide what is important and what not, if you need to answer immediately or if you can postpone until you get back to work. The major downside in this case is that being connected all this time doesn’t qualify as a vacation. 

Another method is to successfully ignore all emails and only take emergency phone calls. This means that only if there’s something really urgent you can be called. Now more than ever, I recommend having your phone on silent while on vacation, so you can filter the calls or short messages. Anyway, nowadays it is  likely you spend most of your time on the phone, you’d still see the notifications, therefore no need to get the FOMO syndrome. 

Getting notifications for each email – no, thank you – email is just one of the many instruments that need to work for you and not the other way around. You can even put the Whatsapp groups on mute for a certain period of time. 

When you are a one (wo)man show, it’s very difficult to fully disconnect, that’s why smaller companies or entrepreneurs in their early years cannot consider having a proper vacation.

Since you cannot simply disappear for a few days or weeks, you can tell everyone you’d respond only to those demands that require your personal attention… with a lead time of one or two days, and that for real emergencies you can be called.

Good luck relaxing!

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