Keep Your Sanity With These Tips for Working While You’re on Vacation

August 02, 2017


It doesn’t matter if you’re staying in a five-star hotel or renting an RV with help from Outdoorsy, you deserve to go on a vacation. As a matter of fact, a vacation can provide you with many health benefits that include:

  • Reduced worry and anxiety

  • Reduced symptoms associated with depression

  • Increased physical activity

  • Increased brain connections

  • And more

But, what if you have to work while you’re on vacation? You can still get all the health benefits of traveling, as long as you keep your sanity with these tips.

  1. Get up Early and Get It Over With

You may be tempted to sleep in and spend the day with your family before you attempt to tackle your daily workload, but this is a bad idea. First, because your most productive hours occur in the morning.

By getting up before everyone else and getting your work done, it will actually take you less time than it would if you decided to tackle work right before bed.

Second, it leaves you open to all the wonderful experiences your vacation has to offer. You don’t want to miss out on an impromptu dinner trip because you have to comb through your emails.

  1. Separate Work From Playtime

As mentioned above, going on vacation can reduce worry and anxiety. But, if you’re dealing with work while you’re away, this may not be the case. That is, unless you know how to separate work from playtime.

Create separate times for work and play. Once you’re done with your work in the morning, shut down your computer and don’t think about the office until it’s time to get up and get started the next day. This will enable you to relax and unwind the way you should, leaving you open to fully enjoy the time you get to spend with your family.

  1. Be Willing to Say No

Knowing when to say no at work can be hard. Many people fear that their coworkers and supervisors will dislike them, or even worse, that you could get fired because you’re not a team player. These fears create living doormats out of people.

Don’t be one of those people.

In all actuality, learning how to say no can advance your career, not destroy it. That means learning to say no when it’s appropriate, and it’s definitely appropriate to say no when you’re on vacation.

Before you leave, make sure your team knows what you’re willing, and not willing, to do. If someone approaches you with a new request while you’re gone, you can say no without feeling guilty. After all, if you were just going to work the whole time, why did you take a vacation in the first place?

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to work at all while you’re on vacation. But, if you do have to connect with your coworkers, following these tips will help you keep your sanity and get the most from your time away from the office.