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Time Management Is Not All Work
10 Steps to a Successful Vacation
Do you have vacation time coming up? To ensure a successful break, apply the following basic time management techniques:
- 1. Determine your goals.
- 2. Schedule an uninterrupted block of time.
- 3. Limit distractions.
- 4. Research possibilities.
- 5. Plan out the week(s).
- 6. Gather needed supplies.
- 7. Prioritize each day.
- 8. Cut back on the stress of multitasking.
- 9. Do not overbook activities.
- 10. Analyze results.
All of these tools have a place in the office for increasing productivity. Yet you have so many more avenues in which you are involved, including family, community, church, and social groups. If you want to maintain a balance in your life and have the time to remain connected with these other venues, productivity is a key. Productivity allows you to accomplish the important things in less time without stress.
Reflect on how well listed techniques can also be applied to whatever you do. This is how they might relate to vacation planning:
1. Goals. Why are you taking a break? Is it for family bonding, personal escape or learning?
2. Schedule. For a real break it is better to have several days in a row rather than a long weekend once in awhile.
3. Distractions. Try to delegate tasks and responses to others in your office so that you do not have to mentally switch back and forth from work to play mode.
4. Research. You need to have an idea of prime destinations, distances and events to tie in with your goals.
5. Plan. A rigid structure isn't good but some structure is needed to achieve your sought-after results.
6. Supplies. Are you roughing it in the mountains or lolling in a resort at the beach? In certain situations, it can be a disaster without required items.
7. Prioritize. What one thing do you want to accomplish that day? The rest of the day can be built around that. (Relaxing counts.)
8. Stress. The idea of a vacation is to take a break. Focus. We are often so busy that we forget to be present in the moment because our minds are somewhere else.
9. Overbooking. A tight schedule with too many activities can leave you exhausted each night, dragging the next day and not enjoying the getaway.
10. Analyze. What might you do differently on the next trip? Was it worth the investment?
To help you with planning vacations, home projects, or business events, you may download any of the
free worksheets that were developed to accompany my book,
"Destination: Organization, A Week by Week Journey."
I wish you productive and successful vacations in the coming months.
On Your Own: books and CDs to work at your own pace