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How to Work While on Vacation
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As a female entrepreneur, the line between work and personal life is often blurred. The entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t always allow for complete separation – you’ll invariably need to reply to a few emails here and there or hop on a call with a client while on vacation with your family. But doing too much work while you’re supposed to be relaxing and recharging can defeat the whole purpose of taking a vacation in the first place.

So how can you find the right balance and work while on vacation without feeling like you basically spent the whole trip working? Here are some tips that can help:

Set Boundaries and Expectations
Before leaving for vacation, let your team, clients, and anyone else you work with know that you’ll have limited availability during specific dates that you’re away. Give them a heads up that you likely won’t be responding to emails or calls as quickly as usual. Setting these boundaries upfront prevents unrealistic expectations during your trip.

Schedule Work Time In Advance
Rather than trying to squeeze work in sporadically whenever you get a free moment, schedule set times to handle any pressing work tasks. Maybe it’s an hour in the morning before the kids wake up, or an hour in the evening after dinner while everyone’s winding down. Having designated “office hours” makes it easier to enjoy your personal time worry-free.

Focus On Important Tasks Only
When you do sit down to work, stick to truly urgent, essential tasks only. Don’t get bogged down in trivialities or busy work – things that can likely wait until after you return. Prioritize well and use your limited vacation work time efficiently.

Use Tools To Work Smarter, Not Harder
There are lots of great apps and software tools designed to boost productivity so you can get more done in less time – in fact, you’re probably already using a bunch of them! Leverage scheduling tools to batch tasks, automation for email and social media posting, cloud storage to easily access files from anywhere, and more. Working smarter allows you to maximize the little time you spend working.

Schedule Buffer Days
If you have an especially busy or important work week immediately following your vacation, consider adding on an extra day or two for buffer time before jumping back in. Having that breathing room to catch up on things and readjust after being away can ease the transition.

The key to successfully working on vacation without it ruining the whole trip is being intentional about when and how you work. With careful scheduling, prioritizing, and expectations management, it is possible for female entrepreneurs to get stuff done while still truly unplugging and enjoying their vacation. Finding that balance just takes a bit of planning and self-discipline. You can do it!

Carol Gavhane, owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow

I’m Carol Gavhane, Owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.