How to Get Ahead Before You Take a Vacation

Julie Shenkman
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Great employees realize that an upcoming vacation from work is more blissful when critical tasks are completed ahead of schedule. You can do a few things to prepare for your vacation from work and make good progress at the same time.

Start Preparing Early

If you plan to take a vacation from work, it is best to start planning early for your exit if you want to make strong progress. Waiting until the last minute can result in an overwhelming number of tasks heaped on your plate before you leave. Give yourself the time to think about how to best handle the workload up until your vacation from work. If you start early, others can praise your thoughtful consideration later.

Alert Co-workers and Managers

If you want to get ahead at work prior to your vacation, you need to alert everyone who depends on you. Offer an advance notice a few weeks before your vacation from work to help them prepare for your departure. This allows adequate time to complete tasks for which others require your input instead of finding requests on your desk at the last minute. Appoint a trusted team member to take care of special duties in your absence if necessary.

Create a Schedule

Creating an effective schedule helps you utilize time management to finish a myriad of tasks before leaving work. Decide what tasks you can accomplish that allow you to get ahead of the curve. Remain committed to using wise time management practices to clear your schedule or tasks can pile up quickly. Complete your dynamic schedule to impress everyone with your efficiency and get ahead.

Clear Up the Clutter

Eliminate the clutter from your desk by organizing your work space and clearing out old paperwork. Respond to emails and telephone messages to avoid leaving clients or colleagues in limbo who are expecting a response before your vacation from work. Don’t hesitate to spend a few late nights at the office to make your vacation stress-free. Leaving work with a clear desk helps you relax during your time off, and it relieves your boss and fellow employees of a burden when you are gone.

Keep Your Energy and Performance High

When vacation time is near, it can be easy to fall into a slower pace. If you want to get ahead before your time off, it is important to keep yourself motivated and energetic at work. The trick is to look forward to your vacation time without letting your performance slip, so get a little extra rest each night to keep your energy levels high during work hours.

By taking a simple approach, you can advance at work before your departure. Doing a great job at work before your vacation places your mind at ease. Be persistent in order to get things done before your vacation from work, and you can feel greater ease and harmony during your time off.

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