Just because you travel for business often doesn’t mean that every trip you take should involve business. Many frequent business travelers find that it’s very difficult to remove their personal life from their business life; after all, the office is already used to corresponding with them while they’re away. If you want to take some time for you and your family, you may want to follow these tips.
Get Your Emails and Voicemails Forwarded
What’s the best way to ignore communications from work? Make sure that they never get to you at all, of course! Before you even leave, make sure that your emails and voicemails are forwarded to someone else entirely. That squarely puts the burden on someone else in the company’s shoulders rather than yours while still ensuring that anything urgent gets tended to. Make sure that you also have an out of office reply that notes this, so that your clients don’t think they’re ignoring you.
Prepare Everyone Well in Advance
It’s often not enough to simply tell people once you’re going on vacation. Tell them when your vacation is scheduled, a couple of weeks before your vacation and directly before you leave. By giving them three warnings, you make sure that they can arrange their plans around your absence. This may seem like a polite thing to do, but it’s also beneficial to you as well; fewer emergencies means fewer people trying to get you on the phone.
Don’t Bring Your Business Computer
It is almost impossible to bring a business computer with you on vacation and not work. The second you open it up you will be reminded of all the things that you need to do, and the temptation may be too great. Bring the family iPad or tablet instead; besides that, you don’t want to be responsible for company data while you’re on a trip.
Don’t Tell Them Where You’re Going
Perhaps the best and easiest way to make sure work doesn’t follow you is to simply disappear. They don’t need to know where you’re going. If absolutely necessary, let a single person know where you will be and tell them to guard that secret with their life.