Taking a vacation to break away from the daily grind of the job is one option to help reduce burnout. Ideally, it's personal time for yourself in order to recharge and forget about your work-related stress. In reality, disconnecting from your work is not so easy, especially with the convenience of remote access. The key is to step away not only physically, but mentally. How can you unplug and enjoy your vacation? Make it possible by planning ahead. Read below for tips.
Give an advanced notice to your colleagues and clients that you will be out of office. Let them know if you will be answering emails and calls, and who is to be contacted in your absence. Set up your automated replies to reflect this. For some, it may be impossible to not do a check-in. In this instance, limiting yourself is important. You can set up a schedule to manage and reduce your time in work-mode. For example, check-in only once every morning or night for fifteen minutes, or cut it down to a few times a week.
Limit your use of tech and the internet while on vacation. If necessary, create a list of things you can do on your phone, tablet, and other devices to help keep it in mind. Sign out from work-related accounts as an extra incentive to not check them. You can also filter your emails to separate travel information into a different inbox so you will not come across and have the urge to read work-related emails. Disable apps and notifications if you have to.
No matter how much you plan, the most important part of it is to follow through. Friends, family or fellow travelers can help keep you on the right track, but ultimately it is up to you. It may help to get into the mindset and understand that unplugging from your work is better for you in the long-term.
Use your vacation as a time to disconnect from your work while re-connecting with yourself, family and friends. You can be more efficient and productive at work by unplugging when you're not.