Advertising Continue reading below Make sure they understand your methods for responding to issues and your communication plan. Make sure they understand that they must respect these boundaries and your vacation. While you're at it, be sure to do the same with those you relate to. Be sure to do so in a respectful manner either way, but be firm. At home Tell your family that this trip will be different! Tell them this time; you're going to focus on spending time with them and that you're committed to not letting work ruin another vacation. Let this be your chance to show them that you don't live to work. Ask them to hold you accountable for this change. The Davis family on vacation It's a tough transition to make and you'll need some help.
Make sure they understand that fax list emergencies can arise, but you'll deal with them quickly, and your main concern is loving them and spending time with them. Telling them about your communication plan and everything you've done to make sure this trip is great will go a long way. 3) The power of the phone call limited to one person It's a big problem. Make sure you have someone on your team who can call you in an emergency. That's right, only one lonely human being with permission to interrupt your vacation if your team is unable to handle something. If you have a succession plan (which everyone should), this should be the person. Let everyone in your line of direct reports know who it is and that they should only use the power of the phone call if someone bleeds or dies (or of a similar level). 4) One hour a day for email It was a game changer for me.
I know, personally, that I would spend at least two days going through emails after a vacation. Just the thought of the emails piling up in my inbox would give me heartburn. A savvy friend of mine told me about his method of spending an hour every night sorting through his emails to clean up his inbox and deal with emergencies. Advertising Continue reading below The best part of this strategy is that you work outside of business hours, so you won't get . Be sure to give an immediate solution or imply that you will fix the problem when you return (if possible). An added benefit is that you can clean up any emails that you have been copied to but were only for your information. I do this after the kids are asleep and while my wife is getting ready for bed, but you will find the best time for you.