Is your job stopping you from getting a peaceful vacation? It may vary with different people. But for most, this should not be the case.
This is finally the time for you and your family. Guard your vacation days. Everyone deserves a time-off. You don’t want to be doing office work in the middle of El Nido’s pristine waters.
So to help you relish the Holidays with relaxation and a fun vacation, we’re here to your rescue. This is how to avoid working in your free time.
Set and Stick to your Limits
The first step is to put clear limitations on your working hours. If you can, set aside a time where you are not allowed to check your phone for messages or email.
Let’s say on dinnertime or anything past 7 PM. It will depend on the nature of your job and position. But make sure to have a protected time slot for yourself. It will not only help you enjoy your free time. It will also keep you sane.
Set Do Not Disturb
Even if so much tech brought us this dilemma, technology can also help us with our problems. You can quite stop time-sucking messages by activating the “Do Not Disturb” mode on your phone.
You will not hear any notifications after it’s activated. No work-related beeps bothering you this time around.
But in case of emergency, most “do not disturb” modes will start ringing after repeated calls. So you’re still covered.
If You Can, Take Off Your Work Email on your Phone
We are bothered to look, sometimes too addictively, in our work emails. We are afraid maybe to miss that important email.
Yes, we understand. But if you can, you can take it off the picture. Try to delete your work email on your phone. With this, the source of your problems is gone.
Without anything to check, how can you be disturbed?
Not Everything Should be Answered Immediately
And in case you can’t take your work email, know that not everything you receive should be answered immediately.
Our digital culture made us believe that everything should be answered immediately. An SMS there, an email that. But know that you can delay answering work-related emails especially after your working hours.
But take note, all these guidelines are just here to put a framework in your workday. Those extra hours allotted to yourself can prove to be worth it, especially for your physical, psychological, and social health.
Now, enjoy your vacation!