With mobile phones and wireless computers, sometimes it’s hard to completely remove yourself from work.
That’s not always a bad thing because it never hurts to sneak some work in while you’re on holiday. It can make your clients happy and you never know when you may seal a deal.
Instead of looking at it as not being able to let go of work, look at it as getting to check-in, follow-up, or simply stay in touch with customers while working so things aren’t piling up while you’re gone. Accessibility can be a very good thing. But be sure to manage it!
Give yourself limited availability
It can be hard to take a complete week or so off from work these days, so limited availability is a pretty good concept. Especially in sales, things can spin on a coin and you don’t want to be gone when your customer is finally ready to sign, or when something is going wrong and they need your attention.
It can be enough to keep yourself in the know just by checking-in once a day. Maybe first thing in the morning will work, while the rest of your family and friends are sleeping in, or when your kids are taking a break in the afternoon. Set aside a time that is convenient to everyone and won’t interfere with your fun.
Make sure you stick to your time limits; don’t let an hour turn into the entire morning. Your customers will understand that you are on a break but will appreciate a little attention if needed.
Find a spot where you can focus
So you set aside a bit of time but where will you go? Maybe you can work from your hotel room but maybe the Starbuck’s on the corner will let you focus a bit more. On your long-awaited Hawaii holiday the beautiful Waikiki hotel may have a business centre you can use for that hour or so. Try not to do it while you’re on the ski slopes, on the Eurostar with your family or queuing for rides at Euro Disney! You’ll be much more efficient if you’re not distracted; then you can focus on your playtime, too!
If you are about to close that big sale you’ve been working on for the past year, take a little time during holiday to attend to it. On the other hand, if you have a customer or colleague who can be serviced by someone else, let that someone else handle it while you are gone. If something can wait until your vacation is over, let it, but if you feel it’s important to your sales career to take some time from your vacation, handle it now.
Remember, you are on holiday! Enjoy it! You work hard all year, so take the time to spend with family and friends and relax. Sure, it’s easier said then done for salespeople but you can do it. Check in every so often if you feel you need to, follow up when it’s important but remember to have fun and don’t let work consume you. You’re just sneaking in a little work while on a break, not sneaking in a little holiday while working!
Heather Legg is a writer who blogs on small businesses, CVs and enjoying life!