It’s typical for entire families to celebrate the month of August by shutting down the computer and skipping to towns and resorts. From a raw numbers perspective, this counts as lost work (as I used to think). But that’s a short-sighted view, psychologists now say: In fact, by serving as the least productive month for millions of workers, August unexpectedly serves as a productivity-booster.
Your might be in low-battery mode, you may even put yourself in airplane mode a week before vacations to save the energy that will make you last until the day you will have some time off to charge yourself. That time might be now, but in most of the cases there are so many things going on that can’t wait, that you will end up bringing your laptop, checking your e-mails every other hour and keeping yourself busy to not be disconnected of what is going on.
Truth is, you should plan your vacation accordingly. Here are my tips for those who want to have great vacations while being in the know:
- Respond only 3 e-mails that are really important every other day (or none).
- Have a 2 hours e-mail session if your vacations is longer than 1 week. If not, it can wait.
I dare you to enjoy your vacations while getting better at what you do and being recognized for it by your co-workers. If you like what you work on, this will be a piece of cake. If you love what you work on, vacations will be the time you boost yourself.
Originally published at http://jordice.com on August 12, 2014.