For those of you who have a long weekend coming up…how do you feel about it?
Are you already thinking about what will be waiting for you when you get back – especially if your team members or leadership are in different markets so will be working while you’re off?
Do you think you will go into the weekend feeling frustrated at things left undone, or worrying about what is happening in your absence?
Long weekends are there for you to switch off and recharge, so that you can be at 100% when you return.
If you spend all of the time worrying, or checking our phones, you’re already setting yourself up to go back at less than your best.
What do you do to make sure you recharge?
Here are a few actions you can take, that have worked for me and that my clients have told me have made a big difference.
And all of them need to take place, not on the day before you finish up, but at the beginning of the week.
- Make a list of the REALLY important things that must be completed this week, no matter what- meaning that there will be consequences for not completing them this week. Be prepared to push back on anything that comes in this week that doesn’t fall into this category.
- Ask yourself if it is realistic to get everything you have just listed done in the time between now and the break. If not, who else can help? Can you delegate it to someone on your team (and, not only ease your workload, but help them to develop? – double-bonus!)
- Make sure your team knows what’s expected of them this week. For those who also have the break, give them the opportunity to not have to worry about anything over the weekend, too. Give them permission to switch off. For those who are working, make sure they know your expectations for those days, and who is in charge or the escalation point in your absence.
- Tell anyone who isn’t taking the time off, that you WILL NOT be working those days. Don’t assume they already know. Tell them now. Don’t let them land something on you at 4pm on the last day. Make sure everyone is clear NOW about what your boundaries will be during your time off. On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad does the emergency need to be for them to contact you? What’s the preferred contact method? Will you be checking your emails, and, if so (preferably not), what times and days?
Have a great week and a wonderful long break if you have one, that is – if not, please save this advice for the next one. Also, feel free to download my free PDF worksheet for managers on negotiating difficult conversations with team members or connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewanson/