• Susie Aguilar

Upcoming Vacation? How To Step Away And Fully Check Out!

You can enjoy your vacation even when you have a job or business or both! It’s okay to disconnect and I believe, absolutely necessary. Maybe you feel worried about leaving with your current workload and how others will handle it while you are gone. Today I am going to help you build your confidence around this so you can step away and ACTUALLY enjoy your vacation. Oh and yes, I mean, fully disconnect to the point that you are not even checking in while you are on vacation.

Are you thinking, yes this sounds great. Susie tell me how? Then let's dive in!

You guys, today marks 75 episodes of the She Embraces FEAR Podcast!!!! I mean, how cool is that?! And what are the odds this is happening after we just celebrated 1,500 downloads of the show. I mean, I am deeply humbled and just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you loyal listeners. This wouldn’t be possible without all of you and I am so grateful. Alright, are we ready for some rockin’ tips????! Here we go….

As you’re tuning into the show, my family and I are on the road for a much needed family vacation. I thought, how fun and beneficial would it be if I shared with you how I prepare in my personal and professional life to take a trip guilt free! It’s not something that happened overnight, but over the years I’ve found strategies to implement that have helped me and I am hoping will help you, too.

You know I am a planning nerd and in this scenario, it’s no different. So first things first, we need to come up with a plan. Let’s chat about the professional aspect and then I’ll give you some tips on our personal preparation as well.

Say you have a vacation coming up in 1 month. Great. Assess what your current projects and workload looks like. Are there deadlines you need to be mindful of that may occur while you are gone? Who can help you with making sure the final pieces of those projects can be completed? If you can complete them sooner than expected, even better, it’s one less thing to stress over while you are on your trip. Continue this process each week especially if you get new assignments often.

One week prior to leaving for your vacation, begin to document and write out an overview of the current list of active projects you have. Summarize what the current activities are, individuals involved, and what actions need to be taken in your absence. I usually email this to my team, but if you prefer a hard copy then do what works best for you and your organization. This ensures your team has the most amount of information for them to be successful while you are away. Plus, business and productivity truly shouldn’t come to a stop because one person steps away. By having this information available to your team, not only will you feel confident while on your trip, I believe it’s a growth opportunity for your colleagues and staff. You are giving them an opportunity to step up, possibly learn something new and overall just be trusted to handle those items. It’s mutually beneficial.

If you own a business, this same strategy is fully applicable. The only difference may be whether or not you have a team or not where you can delegate work to. If you don’t have a team, my best tip is to preplan the work that you are able to set up ahead of time and schedule it out. For example, I’m recording over 5 episodes, scheduling them in advance, and had to prepare weeks in advance. I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I didn’t have a plan and work backwards from the date we were heading on our trip. So again, in the business space, pre-plan and schedule your work.

Now, on the personal side, I have a handful of tips for you to consider:

  • Stop any recurring deliveries that you may have. Newspapers, auto ships, etc.

  • Plan care for your pets

  • Schedule and review your bills before your trip

  • Make a list of what you need to pack in the weeks/days leading up to your vacation so you don’t forget important stuff

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. I want to take a moment to remind you that just because you have a job does not mean you cannot have a life outside of work. I know that may feel easier said than done and I want to remind you that setting boundaries is key to this process. If you are new to the show or you simply forgot to snag it, I have a freebie that I think will truly help you. It’s my values workbook that helps you outline and define what truly matters to you in your life. By setting this as your foundation, it will truly help you create structure in your life that feels good. Snag your copy in English or Spanish.

I want to leave you with this quote by Anne Lamott who says:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Such a great analogy, isn’t it? You deserve this time off and you need to make YOU a priority. Take the trip, schedule the getaway, just give yourself space to unplug my friends.

Again, I hope you enjoyed these tips and reach out to me on social media if one of these helped you get prepared to fully disconnect and enjoy your vacation!

Thanks for tuning in, see you in the next episode.

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All My Love,

Susie Q

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