It’s so important to take time to relax and enjoy life. My family loves to go on at least one big family vacation a year (at least while our kids still want to), but there’s a lot I have to get done to make it happen. I spend time planning and executing on a ton before I leave. Here’s exactly how to prep your business for vacation.
Have a Clear View
Before I left on vacation I got complete clarity on everything I had planned in my business and life. When you’re getting ready to leave make sure you have a clear idea about what’s happening in your business and what you need to do. This way before you leave for a vacation you can make sure everything is covered in your business!
Start by knowing what’s on your calendar. Determine what’s coming up before you leave and when you get back. This way you know what you need to get done and what you can wait to do.
Also if there’s any way to clear space for yourself to ease back into work I strongly suggest it. I don’t know about you, but after a vacation, I always need a little time to get back into the swing of hustling.
The next thing I like to cover before I leave is checking in on my goals. I want to know if there’s any final push I can do in order to try to reach any before I leave. I also check to see if there’s anything that still needs to be done. Reflect on what you need to get done to still track towards your goals or make changes.
It feels pretty good to be able to cross a goal off your list before you leave ;)
Create a Landing Strip
As I said early having room in your schedule when you return will definitely put you at ease. Doing work up front will allow you time to relax into being back to work. I’d much rather working a little bit more before my vacation than feeling frazzled when I get back.
Tips to Prep Your Business with Space
Create a Plan
Come up with all the tasks and things that need to be accomplished before you leave on vacation. I created a list in Asana and assigned due dates to get it done. I made sure to leave breathing room so that I didn’t feel overwhelmed by all the tasks I needed to complete.
This is one of my favorite ways to create more time for myself. The more I place like tasks together the more I seem to be able to accomplish. I’m able to get super focused on the work that I’m doing. For example, I draft 4 blog posts at the same time. Then I edit them. I complete each similar task at the same time.
When you’re constantly switching between tasks your brain needs to reacclimate to the new task each time and you lose time and focus. You’ll speed through more work by batching similar tasks together.
Whenever possible I try to automate the processes in my business. I have workflows in my client management system that allow me to easily flow through different processes. I schedule blog posts, and social media posts to help free me up to complete other tasks. After I batch create any of that content I schedule as much as possible. The only place I don’t use a scheduler is Instagram, but I’m looking into Tailwind for that so I let you know when I know ;)
I don’t currently have employees, but I make notes for myself when possible about where I could delegate work.
Also I have all of the processes in my business written out in google docs for storage, but I use trello or 17Hats to manage it. I then I also try to use automated workflows as much as possible to keep me on task and manage my work. If you do have VA or someone who you can delegate work to, your vacation is a great time to look to see if there’s anything you can give up.
The last really important part of leaving on vacation is communicating clearly with my clients, who have events coming up. I shared ahead of time that I would be out of the office and communication would be slower while was out. I also set up an out office automated message with helpful information.