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How to Successfully Get Away from the Office During the Summer

When you own a business, time off can bring more stress than relaxation. Who will check your emails and answer the phones? Will your team be okay without you? What if you completely disconnect and someone needs to reach you? The list goes on and on. While tearing away from the office may be difficult, a 365-day work year isn’t healthy for anyone. There are only a few weeks left of summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of them.  Below are some ways you can prepare your business for your well-deserved summer vacation so that when you’re gone, it really feels like a vacation.

  1. Set goals and deadlines before your time off. If you know that you’ll be leaving in two weeks, come up with a list of everything that has to be completed before then. Create a timeline of when each task must be accomplished and stick to it. Always leave room at the end or beginning of each day to take care of any additional work that may come up along the way.
  2. Let clients know when you’ll be gone in advance. Give them as much notice as you can and provide them with contact information for next in command. They’ll appreciate that you took the time to reach out to them and you’ll be able to find out if there’s anything you need to do for them before you check out.
  3. Decide how reachable you want to be. Some business owners feel better when they set aside designated time during their vacation for work. Some don’t want to be contacted at all. Both are perfectly acceptable. Figure out what works for you and let your team know. If you will be accepting phone calls, pick a certain time each day when you will be available and stick to it.
  4. Come up with a plan of action for your return. When vacation time is coming to an end, you can enjoy it rather than worry about walking back into chaos. Plan meetings that you’ll need to have to touch base, create a schedule for your first few days back, and anticipate where you attention will be need most.

Don’t let your vacation become a source of anxiety. If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to truly enjoy it and relax, then come back rested and ready to go!

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About Artemio Flores III

Art Flores is the president of the Entrepreneurs' Organization - San Antonio. He is also the vice president and co-owner of Artcom Associates, Inc. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst…