December is busy, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the lead up to the break. We’ve put together some tips on how to set yourself up for success for the new year, before you go on leave.
Create your return to work plan
What are you going to do on the first day and your first week? It’s likely you’ll be checking your emails and setting things up for the coming year. Be sure to note if there are any projects or milestones coming up that will need your attention. Maybe even plan a welcome back lunch with your team or colleagues to catch up after the break.
Finish off the urgent tasks
There’s always a never-ending list of things to do, but in the weeks leading up the break, focus on the tasks that must be completed beforehand. There are likely tasks that can wait until you return and shouldn’t take up your time during the already busy time of year. If your teammates are caretaking your role over the break, ensure you set them up for success and provide them with a thorough handover.
Brainstorm what you’re going to do
While not having any plans for the break can be good, you also don’t want to waste the time not knowing what to do. Maybe there’s a book you want to read, a place you want to visit, an activity you’ve been wanting to do with your kids or a Netflix series you want to binge. Enjoy the feeling of having some things to look forward to.
Lastly, switch off
In every sense of the word. If possible, switch off your work emails and your work phone. Don’t spend your time off stressing about work and what’s to be done when you return. Instead, focus on the present and take advantage of the extra time. Whatever your mode of relaxation is, ensure to put a focus on it and destress.
Enjoy your well-earned break spending time with family and friends, and relaxing in the sunshine (fingers crossed). Don’t give in the urge to check work emails if you don’t have to, and come back in 2023 refreshed and ready for the year ahead.