Is it really worth it to take a vacation? Do you dread all the work that comes when you get back?
I just went on vacation for two weeks, and although I feel much more refreshed, it is overwhelming to return to an overflowing inbox, projects half done and tons of people to call. How do you prioritize your to-do’s when you get back? Here are 3 suggestions to have you working smarter the minute you come home:
- Try Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Matrix to prioritize your to-do’s
- Here is an explanation of the matrix: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm
- Set your top 3 goals for your first day back (maybe those urgent & important items from the quadrants) and do only tasks to support those goals until they are complete.
- Break the larger projects and tasks into pieces and schedule time through the day to work on the pieces.
Going on vacation should be a reward for all your hard work and a time to relax. Put these 3 ideas into action so you can escape during your next vacation and be in control when you return.