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Going on Vacation? 10 Tips to Finish Your Work in Time Before Holiday

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Finish your work in time before holiday!

At this time of year, many people have holidays booked from work. Are you going somewhere nice? Planning on clocking out of work for a week or two?

We all need to take our holidays to give our brains a break. For many, that might mean finishing up your last day, as usual, downing tools, and turning on your out-of-office emails.

However, if your work means you need to check off certain boxes, complete or hand over some tasks, or explain specific projects, then you may feel like you have to do extra work to take your holidays.

Don’t worry, and you’re not alone. It can be even harder to cram extra work into the days leading up to your break when you’re very much in holiday mode.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled ten handy pre-holiday tips to help you wrap up everything you need to do at work before you switch off that screen.

1. Find the perfect location

Not dissimilar to finding your dream holiday destination, one of the best ways to power through some of your checklist is finding the location that works for you most.

Do you need to hide in a meeting room to focus and work faster and wiser entirely? Would working from home be more beneficial? Whatever time or location you think works best for powering through specific tasks, make sure you plan your pre-holiday days accordingly to be in those places.

2. Prioritise

When time is of the essence, prioritizing your tasks is critical. Take some time to go through your to-do list and highlight any urgent jobs to ensure they are completed before you leave. If something creeps up on you mid-way through the week, you might need to consult your checklist once more so you don’t waste a single second of your valued time.

3. Delegate

You’re unlikely to get absolutely everything done before you go, and the sooner you realize that, the better. Take the time in the days leading up to your break to decide what you can get done and leave until you get back.

Once you’ve figured everything out, delegate the tasks that you can to help you clear the decks before you head off. If you’re leaving some things until you get back, make sure you don’t forget about them after a week in the sun.

4. Leave a handover

finish your work in time before holiday

As we said, you’re not going to get everything done. Depending on how long you’ll be gone, there will be specific tasks that someone else will need to handle in your absence.

There will also be unforeseen queries that might come in while you’re away that only you can answer. Try leaving as much information as you can about where projects have been rejected and thinking about what tasks someone might have to follow up with while you’re gone.

You’re probably not going to think of everything, but if you spend a little extra time on your handover, you’re likely to catch most situations.

5. Pre-holiday checklist

Now it’s time to finish your work in time before holiday with a pre-holiday checklist to wrap up your work before you go genuinely. This means setting up your out-of-office email – seriously, don’t forget to set it.

It also means making sure you haven’t left emails unanswered before you go away. Even if you don’t have an answer, let people know you’ll be out, and you’ll check back in upon your return.

It’s also a good idea to leave yourself a to-do list for when you get back. It can be tough coming back to work after your holidays, so if you have a set list of things to start with, it might help you ease back in.

6. Don’t obsess about it

This is arguably the most crucial point for you to take on board: don’t obsess about getting absolutely everything done before you go on holiday.

Of course, it’s good to tie up loose ends, but be careful not to turn your relaxation time into recuperation time from some extremely stressful pre-holiday weeks.

7. Plan ahead

finish your work in time before holiday

Your mind might not be able to venture far beyond your upcoming holiday, but spending some time planning the work you know needs to get done when you return is imperative. Think of it like spring cleaning the house, it may seem futile at the time, but our holiday blues are instantly eased knowing we’ll be returning to a neat home. The same rules apply at work, so set aside some time to organize those impending jobs. Your future self will thank you for it.

8. Prepare for interruptions

finish your work in time before holiday

We can plan our workload down to the final detail, but that doesn’t stop that email from coming through with another task that can’t wait until after your holiday. It may be frustrating but take a deep breath – refer back to our first tip in this list and, if you feel more comfortable working a couple of late nights to get the job done, so be it. Just remember all your stress will soon be far away.

9. Be realistic with your deadlines

finish your work in time before holiday

We’d all love to jet off on our holidays with a clean slate, but some tasks are incredibly time-consuming, and completing them to a high standard in a limited time frame might not be possible. You can put in the extra hours, but working yourself into a rut is not only unhealthy, it likely won’t bring good results. Stay positive, share your concerns with your colleagues, and do as much as you can in the time you have.

10. Don’t leave your colleagues in the dark

finish your work in time before holiday

There is no ‘i’ in the team, and your colleagues will still depend on you even if you’re on the opposite side of the world. I’m not suggesting you attempt to check your emails when searching for mountain gorillas in Uganda or swimming in the Mediterranean, but taking the time to share your responsibilities with your colleagues and inform them of what you’ve been working on should they be called upon it in your absence will save everyone a lot of stress.

See also:

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The verdict

Now your working week’s come to an end, you’ve shut down your computer and are ready to fly away to sunnier climes. And by sticking to our top ten tips on how to finish your work in time before holiday, you can be safe in the knowledge that those inevitable holiday blues won’t be quite so bitter.

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