As a solopreneur, there are many reasons why you might have to be away from work for a while. Perhaps you have meetings with clients (or potential clients). Maybe you’re attending a blogging or business conference. Or, if you’re really taking good care of yourself, maybe you’ll be away for a few days for vacation. I’m a firm believer that whether you’re a blogger, small business owner, or you work in a corporate environment,
Spring break is on the horizon, and maybe you’d like to take a little trip with your family. Wouldn’t it be great to unplug, relax, and just enjoy life for a while? But if you’ve ever taken time away, you know that it can be a bit stressful – both the being gone part and the returning after your time away. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way and that’s why today I’m sharing 5 tips to prepare for being away from the office. Keep reading!
1) Clean off your desk. I can’t tell you how much better you’ll feel upon your return to the office if your desk is neat and tidy before you go. No one likes a chaotic, cluttered desk, and it’s especially not welcome on your first day back from time away. Making sure everything is in good order before you leave will make your first day back to work just a little bit easier.
2) Tidy up your email inbox. Just as with a messy desk, the same is true of your email inbox. Before you leave for your time away, take a few minutes to clean out your email. You’re going to get lots of messages while you’re out of the office, and it’ll be much easier to work through them when you’re back if you’ve already dealt with older messages. Be sure to set an automated “out of office” message so that anyone who emails you while you’re away will know that there may be a slight delay before you get back to them.
3) Schedule as much as you can before you leave. Specifically, I’m referring to blog posts and social media posts. Just because you’re taking some time away from work, doesn’t mean you have to lose momentum in your online life. In fact, if you schedule content in advance, it’s likely many of your followers won’t even realize you’re away. Most blogging platforms will allow you to schedule blog content in advance, and there are a number of great social media schedulers available.
4) Let your team know you’ll be away. Whether this is clients, or a blogging mastermind group, or whomever you work with on a regular basis, make sure they know you’ll be away from the office for a few days. Advanced notice gives everyone time to ask questions of you, and to plan for your absence. Your team will appreciate the heads-up.
5) Expect a busy first day back. The day you return from time away from the office is always hectic. That’s just a fact of life. There will be emails to respond to, calls to return, and most likely, some things have piled up on your desk while you were gone. Expect that the first day back is going to be a catch-up day, and don’t over-schedule yourself. Block off at least the first half of the day just to get caught up and back into the groove.
How do you prepare for being away from the office? I’d love for you to share your tips in a comment below.
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