5 Ways to Enjoy Your Holiday Outside of the Office

Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Business Management [ 0 Comments ]

holiday break from workWith so much work to be done during the holiday season, the last thing on your mind may be taking the time to unwind and relax. But once deadlines are met, be sure to actually enjoy your holiday break from the office this year and take the time to disconnect and recharge.

Put the Gadgets Away

Many people spend their business days sitting in front of a computer screen, and then go home to tune into to their TV or mobile devices. This holiday season, take the time to unplug yourself from all the gadgets we use on a day-to-day basis.

The holidays are a great time to re-connect with friends and family members, and that shouldn’t be interrupted by incoming emails and text messages. Take the time off, and you will return to the office feeling refreshed for the year ahead.

Create an Out-of-Office Email

You won’t want to spend every day of your holiday break answering emails, but you also don’t want customers and clients to feel ignored. Create an out-of-office email that will automatically reply to incoming messages to let the sender know of your absence.

  • Include the dates you will be out of the office, as well as alternate contact information in case of urgent information. Provide lists of possible alternate people to contact with questions or concerns.
  • Clean out your existing email inbox to free-up storage space. Make personal folders to better organize messages and make sure to double check for important information before deleting.
  • Change your voicemail greeting to a friendly holiday message as well. Also include dates of absence and whether or not you will be checking your voicemails.

Network at Holiday Parties

Holiday parties can be a great way to make new connections in a relaxed environment without the pressure of the workplace. When attending holiday get-togethers, take the time to get to know people in new circles; work connections can be made anywhere, so take advantage of all those holiday parties.

You may find that friends and family have connections that could be valuable to your business in the upcoming year, so be sure to keep contact information on hand.

Volunteer in Your Community

This time of year is all about giving. A great way to get your mind off business is by volunteering in your community to help others less fortunate.

  • Organizing volunteer efforts with fellow employees could be a great way to strengthen personal relationships while working together outside the office.
  • Working in a soup kitchen or helping with a food or toy drive can keep you busy in a way that’s rewarding rather than stressful.

Reassess Your Goals

A holiday break can be a good time to reassess both your personal and career goals, usually by way of New Year’s resolutions. Instead of running through your business projects with a fine-tooth comb, assess your goals in a broader sense to make sure you’re on the right path.

  • Where do you see your business or career in 5 years? 10? 20? Look at the broader trends of your business, and contemplate new directions to move in or how to keep your business in line with your original vision.
  • Make sure your work and personal life are balanced. Being overworked can actually negatively affect business, so be sure to take time away for yourself and your family.

The holiday season should be about spending time with family, giving back to the community, and eating lots and LOTS of food. Reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve done this year by giving yourself a break from business and enjoying the season with loved ones.

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