A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH
There are a few things I do to wind down before the holidays. Without getting them done I’m not sure I could fully switch off. Having spent many years in management and now with my own business, I need to have everything in order before I can relax. With a little careful planning, I can pretty much combat any work worry while I’m away. So today I’m sharing six things I do to organise my office before a holiday.
STOP WORKING ON THE DAY TO DAY STUFF
About a week before my holiday I stop working on anything I can put off until my return. When I worked in retail I struggled to do this, but in an office, it’s a little easier. This enables me to work on my long-term goals and get organised, which takes me to the next step.
PLAN MY GOALS
Taking a step back is valuable because it gives me time to access where I am with my goals. It’s great to tick things off and spend a little time planning for the coming months. Often with all my time spent doing the urgent day to day tasks, there’s little time left to do the important stuff. The things that can help me to reach my goals. By stopping I can look at where I am and make sure I’m heading in the right direction!
CREATE A TO-DO LIST FOR MY RETURN
Returning to work after a break can feel like putting on a wet swimming costume. I find it takes a little time to adjust back into the daily grind. Compiling a to-do list before I go gives me a clear focus on my return. And a productive first day back in the office always makes me feel good!
GET ON TOP OF THE OFFICE ADMIN
My next step is to leave no stone unturned. This includes getting my accounts up to date, filing paperwork and decluttering. I like to go through everything to ensure nothing has been overlooked. If I spot something that requires attention I either get it done or add it to my new to do list. It’s great to address all the things I never usually have time for.
CLEAR MY DESK AND DESKTOP
I dust and clear my desk of clutter so it looks calm and organised. I also tidy my computer desktop and remove the files or bookmarks I no longer need. It’s uplifting to return to a clutter-free office and computer. Now all that’s left is to set my out of office.
CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS
And finally, I note and celebrate my achievements and think about all the things I’m grateful for. I think it’s important to respect and value your work. And it’s lovely to leave with a heart full of gratitude knowing that you really deserve that break!
I wrote this post as a reminder to myself to get organised for January. The best thing about working through the list is it requires less concentration so I can crank up the tunes! I find organising and tidying quite relaxing and so it helps me to slowly unwind. Winding down during my final week in work is certainly better than doing it on holiday. When I’m done, I can celebrate knowing everything is in order – always a lovely feeling!