Have you ever tried going on holidays and …disconnecting from the internet?

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SUMMARY:

My aim for today’s video is to enable you to keep email free for a few days, to be able to step away from work, to truly feel recharged, think at a higher level and come up with your best and most innovative ideas once you are back from holidays.

Point no. 1: you need to decide what your feasible holiday plan includes!

Before you go on holiday, I would encourage you to sit down and think what would be your best way of dealing with work and holiday. What would be acceptable for you to do, for how long are you willing to go away and not check your emails and how you would be able to achieve the right balance between the two?

Point no. 2: ban emails!

Another point to consider, especially if you are running your own business, is to inform the rest of your team, not to email you while you are away. That way you will not have to worry that you are not being updated as there won’t be anything that you are missing out.

Point no. 3: Set a time and date to be updated once you are back!

Quite understandably, you need to be debriefed about the things that might have occurred during your absence. Therefore it is very useful to set some time aside for you to have meetings with your team or your colleagues and talk about it. That way you will be able to find out what was important and get ready before you jump right back to work.

Point no. 4: set some time during each day!

Another alternative for you would be to set some specific time during the day where you would be able to check your emails or do some work… if it is necessary! Regardless what you decide, you should really try hard and cherish the rest of your day, and do whatever it takes to respect the fact that you are on holiday.

And remember: we all share the same challenges. As long as we share and learn from each other, the better the quality of our lives is going to be.    

 

Full Transcript:

Hi this is eva lychrou and I’m a greek psychotherapist and coach in London.

Have you ever tried going on holidays and disconnecting… from the internet?

I know it sounds scary but seriously, have you ever considered not logging in to your emails, and your social media accounts?

Kostas’ shared exactly the same concern with his question:

Hi Eva, my girlfriend has planned a dream vacation for the two of us! However she has warned me that we are only going to go if I don’t desperately search for an available wi-fi so that I can check my work emails. I know she is right as every year I tend to work when I’m supposed to be getting away from it all. Do you have any suggestions to make as to how I could unwind and leave my emails behind? Thank you, Kostas”.

Thank you Kostas for a great question and for enabling others to start considering their holiday approach too!

I can honestly understand your concern but I hope that you will get some clarity after listening to the following points:

Point no. 1:  you need to decide what your feasible holiday plan includes

Before you go on holiday, I would encourage you to sit down and think what would be your best way of dealing with work and holiday. What would be acceptable for you to do, for how long are you willing to go away and not check your emails and how you would be able to achieve the right balance between the two?

For example your intention might be that you would like to go on holiday for 10 days and not check your emails as long as you have found someone else to be the person in charge while you are away. Once you have figured this out, you can clearly state in your auto response that you are on vacation and you can ask people to contact the person in charge.

Point no. 2: ban emails

Another point to consider, especially if you are running your own business, is to inform the rest of your team, not to email you while you are away. That way you will not have to worry that you are not being updated as there won’t be anything that you are missing out.

I know that it may sound too radical to do, but you should trust your team’s abilities.  The only exception to this rule would be if there is any emergency and it absolutely cannot be handled by the person you have left in charge.

Point no. 3: Set a time and date to be updated once you are back

Quite understandably by the time you are back, you need to be debriefed about the things that might have occurred during your absence. Therefore it is very useful to set some time aside for you to have meetings with your team or your colleagues and talk about it. That way you will be able to find out what was important and get ready before you jump right back to work.

The added advantage in using this idea is that you will be able to observe how some issues that may have seemed critical days ago, seem less critical and more manageable now!

Point no. 4: set some time during each day

If you are unable to follow the above mentioned points, another alternative for you would be to set some specific time during the day where you would be able to check your emails or do some work… if it is necessary!

So for example you may decide that it is best to work early in the morning before hitting the roads or while you return back to your hotel in the evening. Regardless what you decide, you should really try hard and cherish the rest of your day, and do whatever it takes to respect the fact that you are on holiday.

Before I wrap this up, here is a tweet for you to share: taking-time-to-live-life

Kostas I know that these points may seem like a lot of effort to keep email free for a few days, but it is an essential process to be able to step away from work and reconnect with yourself and your girlfriend. By following these points or creating your own additional ones you will be able to truly feel recharged, think at a higher level and come up with your best and most innovative ideas once you are back.

Now I would love to hear from you. What is your approach when it comes to holiday and leaving your emails behind?

Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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And remember: we all share the same challenges. As long as we share and learn from each other, the better the quality of our lives is going to be.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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