Summer has officially begun and there are a lot of people taking some time off. In this blog post, I will share my thoughts on how to make the most of your vacation and even make it a productive vacation.
Before I dive into how you can have an efficient and productive vacation, you first need to think about your ideal vacation yourself. Does a vacation involve routines or working for you, to stay on top of your game? Or is a vacation really a time-off to fully relax and recharge so that you can get after it harder once you get back?
It is important that you first think about your ideal vacation. This post is written around having an efficient and productive vacation, while at the same time relaxing and recharging. That is because that is my ideal vacation. It might not be yours.
How To Have An Efficient And Productive Vacation
The key elements to an efficient and productive vacation come down to a few things that may not sound that ground-breaking, but in practicality they are.
The first key element to an efficient and productive vacation comes down to something that might not come as a surprise: preparation.
As Joe Gibbs once said: ‘A winning effort begins with preparation’. If you want to make your vacation a winning effort with a great mix of relaxation and productivity, you need to be prepared.
Before you go on vacation it is important that you think about your priorities. What are the things you desire to keep executing? What things do you want to maintain your momentum with?
Be really critical about this. Most people get this out of balance. They either want to maintain way too many things or they let go of way too many things. Find the few crucial priorities. Then, find out what you need to execute those priorities.
Finding out what you need to execute your priorities is another step in the process of preparation. Make sure you have all the materials you need while you are on vacation.
Only execute priorities
In the previous paragraph you read about the preparation and finding out what your priorities are. Once you have made a list of those priorities, you should break the priorities down into actions. What are the weekly or daily actions you need to execute?
If you have a helicopter view over what you should do, it is easier to stick to it. It will force you to execute the tasks that are aligned with your priorities, while at the same time making sure you only execute the tasks and stop there. The perfect balance for your productive vacation.
Wake up earlier than the people around you
Do not get scared, the header does not say: wake up early. No, only wake up earlier than the people around you. This puts you in the position to execute your priorities in a more efficient and effective matter and make it a productive vacation.
By waking up earlier than the people around you, you will also be able to enjoy the rest of your day with them. So, find out what will be the routine for the others around you and then do the mathematics. At what time should you get up, so you can execute your priorities before they wake up?
Once again: just wake up early enough, not really early. It is your vacation. You deserve some sleeping-in time as well!
Keep everything balanced
The most important thing about your vacation is to relax and recharge. So, if you decide to make it a productive vacation, make sure you keep everything in balance. Do not go overboard with your priorities.
By relaxing and recharging you will be even more fired up once you get back home and get back on the grind. Make use of that opportunity and do not walk around as a stressed workaholic while you are out and about! Enjoy your vacations, folks!