Top 5 tips to keep your holiday break work-free

The holiday season offers a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of work, providing a golden opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate. One effective way to maximise the benefits of your Christmas break is to also have a break from your work responsibilities.  Here are five tips to help you unplug from professional responsibilities so you can return fully rested.

1. Communicate Your Break

Be proactive and communicate with your colleagues and clients about your planned time off. Set clear expectations regarding your availability and response times.  

2. Establish Clear Boundaries

Create firm boundaries around being on leave. This clear separation allows you to focus on personal and family activities without the constant pull of professional responsibilities.

3. Delegate and Prioritise

Before going on your leave. delegate tasks and responsibilities to team members or colleagues. Make sure they have all the information they need though and there’s a plan in place for anything urgent.

4. Utilise Out-of-Office Features

Make use of out-of-office email autoresponders and voicemail greetings to inform contacts about your limited availability during the break.

Clearly communicate the dates you are unavailable and who will be dealing with any urgent matters in your absence.

5. Reflect and Strategize for the New Year

Breaks are an opportunity to reflect on the past year and consider what you may change in the upcoming one. Set clear goals and priorities for the new year and outline actionable steps to achieve them. This reflective period allows you to return to work with renewed focus and a strategic mindset.

This Christmas break, enhance your wellbeing by switching off to keep your holiday work-free. By implementing these five tips, you can disconnect from work-related stressors, foster a balanced work-life dynamic, and set the stage for a more productive and fulfilling 2024. The Working Wise team wishes you a safe and restful Christmas and New Year.

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