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By MacKenzie Nelson-Greene
Ladies, we all know that summer is the time for vacations, playing outside, and having fun in the sun. However, for many of us, when we add the fun time to our schedules, those schedules seem to fill up really quickly. Suddenly, we are overwhelmed by all of the things we need to do and all of the things we want to do. We eventually find that summer is just like any other time of the year.
Well, ladies, you can have your summer fun and get your work done, too! Just because the summer is here, doesn’t mean there are fewer hours in the day. As a matter of fact, the sun’s energy should get us all high on Vitamin D!
So, get your work schedules in order, and give yourself some fun time to go with it! Check out these four ways to manage your summer schedule and find time to add fun into the mix!
#1) Get Organized
First and foremost, it is time to get yourself organized. If you have a lot of big projects due before (or after) your vacation begins, make sure you create a strong plan to have them complete before you leave. Don’t assume that you are going to work on your work during your vacation. Remember, your vacation should be a vacation. So, get yourself ready to take care of business before the fun begins.
Organize all of your projects by color-coding them. This is going to relieve a lot of stress.
Figure out the organizational methods that work best for you, and stick to them. Staying organized is a great way to know what to prepare for. When you know which days or projects (or project steps) are going to be the most hellish for you, you can prepare for them by eating right, exercising, and figuring out how to reward yourself.
#2) Figure Out What You Have to Do
Make a priority list for all of the work-related items you have to complete. Everything that must be completed before your vacation takes priority. Everything that is due after your vacation should be worked on before you leave, but it is also something you can glance over on the airplane.
Once you have your priority list, check through everything, and create a strong schedule for your time at work. I find that making an hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute schedule helps me the best. Remember to give yourself at least 1.5 times the time you think you will need to complete each step of each project. This will help you make sure you give yourself ample time to finish, and it will help you feel more productive when you finish steps earlier than planned.
When you finish one step, jump right into the next. You will find that you are getting all of your work done much faster once you are organized. Taking an entire day to organize your work for the next few months can help you get that work done faster and relieve stress.
#3) Don’t Forget to Give Yourself a Break
Just because you are going on vacation in a few weeks, doesn’t mean you aren’t deserving of smaller breaks and fun activities before that vacation starts. Don’t ground yourself to your desk (unless you deserve it) throughout the summer. This will ultimately lead to you getting completely burned out before your vacation begins.
Remember to give yourself little rewards for completing projects (or portions of projects) early. Give yourself a nice dinner. Leave work thirty minutes early to spend time by the pool.
It is essential to remember that you should only reward yourself after big milestones in projects. Rewards can be as simple as adding an extra cheat day to your diet this week, or as complex as giving yourself an entire weekend of relaxation after a particularly hellish (yet productive) week at work.
You would never drown yourself in work right before the holidays, so why do so when you are planning a getaway? Remember to give yourself a breather, ladies. Breaks can actually make you more productive at work!
#4) Remember to Prepare Others For Your Vacation
So, you are going on vacation. It is essential to know who will be taking over your duties while you are gone. To help you avoid extra work when you return, make sure those who are taking over your duties are fully prepared before you leave.
Not only will this make you feel more comfortable leaving for a vacation, it will also help you avoid dreading coming back. If at all possible, start training your coverage up to three weeks before you plan on leaving.
A lot of women get a little worried about leaving, because they think if their job can live without them for a week, then it takes away from their job security. This isn’t always the case. Remember, you have earned your vacation, and you should definitely take it. Don’t sabotage yourself by avoiding training others. Remember, the more work that gets done while you are on vacation, the less work you will have to do when you return. Additionally, the better the work is done while you are gone, the less work you will have to do to fix it when you return.
Ladies, having an understanding of organization is essential for your summer schedule. With the kids home from school, and all of the parties and planning you are trying to do in these three short months, it is essential to prepare yourself before you leave for vacation. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work you have this summer? Share your story with us in the comments below!