Staying Productive During Vacation Time

Last week I wrote about the difficulty of staying focused at work during the summer months due to the fact that sometimes our teams aren’t fully in tact–due to vacations. This Monday I’m adding 5 more tips for motivation and inspiration. Getting time off to re-charge and relax is critical to overall productivity and so it’s important to allow others to vacation (without bugging them)! This is not always easy, but really important. When people are off, let them truly be away from work.

5 More Ways to Continue Being Productive During Vacation Time


1. Reminder Yourself that Your Time Off is Coming.

Pre-Vacation Glow is Pivotal

Pre-Vacation Glow is Pivotal

One great thing about taking vacations is looking forward to taking vacations! So, get a picture to look at on your laptop (or at your work station) and when you feel discouraged or in a bit of a work rut, look at the photo and remind yourself that your time to relax is coming soon. Psychologically it helps if we can compartmentalize our lives. Focus now on work and in a few weeks I’ll get to unplug and relax.


2. Quit Multitasking.

While we tend to think of the ability to multitask as an important skill for increasing efficiency, the opposite may in fact be true. Psychologists have found attempting to do several tasks at once can result in lost time and productivity. Instead, make a habit of committing to a single task before moving on to your next project. This one is easier said than done, of course. Most of us have jobs where we are juggling many balls in the air at one time. You may have to tell your boss or co-workers “no” sometimes in order to ensure that you are completing projects. The feeling of completing a task (especially a bigger one) is very rewarding and shouldn’t be discounted.


3. Give yourself something nice to look at.

Figure out What Calms you and Put it in the Office

Figure out What Calms you and Put it in the Office

It may sound unlikely, but some research shows outfitting an office with aesthetically pleasing elements–like plants–can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. Jazz up your office space with pictures, candles, flowers, or anything else that puts a smile on your face. I prefer pictures of my basset hounds. They seems to always be doing something that makes me chuckle, this can be great to relieve stress and help remain focused.


4. Take advantage of your commute.

So many of us have long commutes to our jobs and it can provide an opportunity to get a few mundane things done on the way in. This goes for any unexpected “bonus” time you may find on your hands suggests author Miranda Marquit. Instead of Candy-Crushing or Facebooking, use that time to pound out some emails, create your daily to-do list, or do some brainstorming.


5. Provide more updates for the boss.

There can be a little anxiety when your boss is on vacation because you may not be able to update them as often about your progress on your tasks/projects. One thing you can do is put together a to-do-list that you are working through and then on Friday afternoon send that to your superiors so they can get an update at their leisure. They may not see it for a few days, but if they want to they can be assured that everything ‘at the office’ is still running smoothly while they relax and re-charge. This not only helps you remain diligent, but will put their minds at ease and hopefully aid in their vacation time.