There are a few things I do to wind down before the holidays because 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. I’ve found that 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.
1. 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.
2. Plan my goals
Taking a step back is valuable because it gives me time to assess 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 and the things that will help me reach my goals. By stopping I can look at where I am and make sure I’m heading in the right direction!
3. Create a to-do list for my return
Returning to work after a break can feel like putting on a wet swimming costume, and I find it takes time to get 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!
4. 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 and 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.
5. Clear my desk and desktop
I dust and clear my desk of clutter, so it looks calm and organised and I tidy my computer desktop removing the files and bookmarks I no longer need. It’s uplifting to return to a clutter-free office and computer.
6. 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 our work and it’s lovely to leave with a heart full of gratitude knowing that you really deserve that break!
The best thing about working through this list is it requires less concentration, so I can crank up my tunes! I find organising and tidying quite relaxing and it helps me to slowly unwind – better to unwind during my final week than during my holiday. And when I’m done, I can celebrate knowing everything is in order which is always a lovely feeling.