At the beginning of the month we shared how to plan the best vacation in 8 simple steps. This week we want to share the best ways to prepare your work for out of office mode. Whether you are work from home or in the office read below for our favorite vacation preparation tips!
How to Prepare for Out of Office Mode
Before you head to the shore or to the mountains, take some time to clean up your email. It always sounds like a daunting task, but you don't want to jump into anxiety immediately when you return from your relaxing vacation and are suddenly faced a cluttered inbox. Prepare for out of office mode by folder-ing some emails and marking the important ones so they stand out to you when you return from your trip.
Set Up An Out of Office Auto Responder
This one seems obvious, but it gets missed so often! Do not forget to set an automatic reply so other’s know when they can expect to hear back from you.
Next, take some time to create a return agenda for yourself. This might sound like a waste of time, but when you return from your restful vacation it’s so much easier to jump back in when you don’t have to waste time remembering where you left off. This can look like a simple list to-do items or even tasks scheduled out in your planner during your return week.
Set aside a few minutes for a team sync (even if it’s with yourself!) to make sure everyone is on the same page and aware of what deadlines need met while you are away. If you need to do this with yourself, ensure you will meet your own deadlines and your content is scheduled while you are away. Bonus tip! It’s helpful to schedule out content several weeks after your return.
Desk Clean Up
It only takes 10 minutes to do a quick desk clean up. Put your pens in your cup and place your papers in a sorter. Returning from vacation to a clean desk will help you feel more relaxed and help you stay clear when you jump back into your work.
Before you head on your next trip, take a moment to prepare for your vacation at work. Prepare for out of office mode and return relaxed and ready to easily jump back into things.