School is almost out and warmer weather is finally here, which means that many of us are getting excited about our summer vacation plans. Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a family jaunt to a national park, most of us will set our sights on the first day of vacation and will work to ensure that everything is taken care of so that we can enjoy our time away.
We will make “To Do” lists for vacationing like this one to ensure that we have everything taken care of so that we can head into a vacation without any issues. Want to really impress your family and friends? Send birthday and anniversary cards just before you leave for any celebrations that will happen while you’re soaking up the rays.
Want to impress your boss and leadership at your company? Then read on!
Any experienced cyclist will tell you that you don’t ride up a hill, you ride over the hill. If you give into the urge to stop pedaling just as you reach the top of the hill, you’ll surrender any momentum that you do have to the hill. Rather, it often takes just a few extra pushes of the pedal to carry your momentum over the top of the hill and to build up speed to coast easily down the hill.
So, while you’re working hard to clear emails before vacation, take a look at your longer-term goals and set the stage now before you leave on vacation. For example, if you’re in HR and are absolutely tired of those Compensation Planning spreadsheets, then book a demo of SimplyMerit for when you return from vacation. This one simple step will ensure that you’re coasting downhill when you return to work.
Oh… one more professional tip regarding vacations… when you set your “Out of Office” message, let people know that your return date is actually one day later than your real return to work. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done when no one knows you’re actually back at work!