For many entrepreneurs, vacations are not easy to manage. 41% even say they are a source of stress. Since they can’t guarantee being able to delegate all of their work during their absence, most entrepreneurs never take their finger off the pulse. They think there is no other choice but to be available, to keep an eye on things, or even to manage one or two urgent files that can’t wait. Nonetheless, everyone needs to take time out in order to maintain their physical and mental health and spending time with family is essential for preserving the quality of family life. So the challenge, then, is to find a way to work on vacation, while making sure not to skimp on real vacation time.
Optimize your working conditions
Good working conditions equal efficiency. By optimizing your efficiency, you will be able to free up more vacation time. Before booking your hotel, make sure it has an excellent Wi-Fi connection. Check what kind of technology they use. Fiber optic Internet, for example, provides a better service than broadband Internet. It’s also important to choose accommodation that has a separate room for you to work in peace. A peaceful environment is vital for concentration and you will be far more productive if your children are not around while you work. Not only that, they will also enjoy and gain more from the time they spend with you if you can be fully present during that time.
Draw up a vacation schedule
To avoid feeling guilty and to make sure you really are present with your family when you say you will be, make sure you draw up a precise schedule for your vacation, specifying when you will be taking care of business and when you will be 100% on vacation. Keep in mind that real time out is highly beneficial for your health and your productivity. Time out should not be seen as a luxury, but a necessity. Discuss your schedule with your partner so that they understand and accept your plan. And just as importantly, try to stick to it by making sure that your work doesn’t encroach on any relaxation moments you have scheduled. For this type of organization to work, you need to ask your co-workers to group all of their urgent requests together and to send you them all at once and only during the time in which you plan to work. Finally, with a healthy approach, working during your vacation can be a way of taking a step back and looking at your project as a whole, or even lead to inspired ideas about the vision and development of your business.
Mitigate sources of stress for long-distance travel
If you are going far, many factors can affect your capacity to work and recharge your batteries at the same time. The first of these is jet lag. It is said that the effects of jet lag generally begin to be felt after 3 hours of time difference and the effect is stronger when you travel from west to east. The main effect of jet lag is fatigue. If you work during your vacation, fatigue caused by work rapidly adds to jet lag fatigue and may mean that you don’t get the benefit of a vacation that is supposed to provide rest and revitalization. Try to anticipate this problem by getting a few good nights and even naps during the days prior to and following your trip. Most importantly, don’t rely on your vacation to reduce a sleep debt that you have already accumulated before you leave. Another issue to anticipate is your cell phone plan. It is unlikely that your plan will allow you to make unlimited calls from a country on the other side of the world and you will surely need to receive and make calls once you are there. To avoid racking up an exorbitant cell phone bill, check the terms of your contract with your provider before you leave.