We just returned from an awesome ten days in one of our favorite family vacation spots, Hilton Head Island, SC. We had a blast on the beach, at the pool, riding bikes all over the place, and eating some great food (and lots of ice cream too :)).
As much as I love going on vacation with my family, being the Type A person that I am…I stress a bit about my business and truly being able to unplug on vacation. Mom’s, even if you don’ have a business to worry about, it’s still super important to unplug from technology in general.
However, I know that it is necessary to spend uninterrupted quality time with my family. Sometimes I need to remind myself that we work so we can have these moments together and to truly enjoy them.
I wanted to share a list of 5 tips to on how to truly unplug on vacation so you can set yourself up for a relaxing trip this summer…and share some photos with you from our vacation :).
How to truly unplug on vacation:
1. Set the expectations with your clients that you will be away and will be out of the office with little or no access to email. Even better yet, create an Out of Office automatic email response. This seems obvious but I haven’t done this in the past and it is crucial to setting appropriate expectations with them so they respect your time away.
2. Prepare ahead of time as much as you can, and remember a clear desk is a clear mind. Check off those tasks before you leave so you don’t have them hanging over your head.
3. If you have someone to delegate some responsibilities to, make sure you do that. I’m so fortunate to have strong leaders on Team Fit Dynasty that were able to pick up the slack when I was gone and answer questions to other team members. They even checked in with my online boot campers and challenge groups as well for me.
This put me at ease and I knew that my business would survive without me for ten days, and it would actually be better in the long run because of this break.
4. Turn your social media notifications OFF on your phone…I mean all of them…Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn. I’ve even gone as far as removing my email notifications from my phone.
I’m not going to tell you to stay away for a week and not check it once…because lets be honest…I wouldn’t be able to do it. However, put rules into place and STICK TO THEM. I checked once per day in the morning. It would put my mind at ease to stay in the loop and helped me to really stay away from my phone and enjoy my family.
5. Learn to LET IT GO…think full on Elsa when you think these words…haha come on moms – I know you know every word :). If you set the proper expectations and put a plan into place before you go everything will be just fine…everyone will survive.
By taking a break and relieving some stress you will be rejuvenated and your business will be better because of it. Most importantly, you be able to spend quality, uninterupted time with the most important people…your family.
Where are you headed this summer?