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December 11, 2018 By Casmin Wisner

Taking Time Off During the Holidays Without Impacting Productivity

December 11, 2018

By Casmin Wisner

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December 11, 2018

Taking Time Off During the Holidays Without Impacting Productivity

By Casmin Wisner
Public Relations Specialist

Even when work starts to slow down at the end of the year, you may still find a long list of projects that need completing. However, after months of working without a break, the holiday season is also when you want to take a vacation, recharge with a nap or two, and prepare yourself for the new year ahead. Lucky for you, with some careful planning, you can do both! Here’s how:

Start moving up timelines and ramping up work to finish earlier.

Be prepared to push deadlines up to get projects done before the holidays. That way, you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about work.

Other team members may like this idea as well. After all, they may be planning vacations too and want to check these tasks off their to-do list as well. Even if some team members aren’t taking time off, they may be pleased that they can continue working rather than waiting for you to return.

Keep a calendar with all project work so you know every deadline and can prioritize. Work closely with your boss, clients, and team to get approval to change timing. Then, regularly communicate on progress so they can be assured you will complete everything before your vacation begins. It’s also important to know others’ holiday plans to ensure you get sign-off and help on tasks before they leave.

Work backwards and coordinate a bump in heavier work now.

Think of it as reverse engineering your project plans. By counting backwards from the point you want to start your vacation, you can determine how many work days you have left to meet specific deadlines. Since you know what you can accomplish on a typical day, you should be able to calculate how long the rest of your duties may take.

When you do these calculations, be generous with the amount of time you’ll need. This helps account for potential disruptions or unexpected additions. If it turns out there are no surprises, then you can kick off your holiday plans even sooner. But if work takes longer than anticipated, you can also extend office hours or use the weekends to stay on schedule.

Make yourself available to boost your team’s productivity.

As everyone works diligently to wrap up assignments before the holidays, it’ll help to make yourself available to both your team and clients. Even if you’ve started vacation, you may still need to stay in touch with co-workers. Consider holding brief join.me video conferences so you can answer questions on a project or give key information and advice.

Let everyone know which hours you’re available for any check-ins so they don’t feel like they are disturbing you. This protects your vacation time and helps ensure everyone stays productive and on deadline. The last thing you want to do is be pulled back into working every day.

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