You decided to go for it: a break. A real period of time (of variable length) where you won’t check your emails, social media and maybe, but only maybe, Whatsapp. By now, tickets in your hand, and suitcase overflowing, you should have a system in place to save time and optimise your schedule as you are going away.
Oh, do I hear you have not just yet?
You may want to bookmark this.
Automations are a saviour when looking to reclaim your time off for a long weekend away or a city break – picture them as virtual assistants – minus the banter, the jokes and the GIFs.
Let your social work for you
My two favourite tools: Buffer for my personal promotion and for HBC Magazine. It’s the magical social media schedule that fills itself, as the more messages you add, the more gaps it will intelligently fill for you. Dreamy.
Browse your other networks
Sometimes I find myself writing very long essays on Facebook or Instagram. This is a perfect time to turn them into posts, or repurpose them accordingly. We talk a lot about repurposing, so much so that we also give you 50 ways to repurpose your old posts. You are welcome.
Set clear ‘hiatuses’
Over the past few years, I had purposely recorded and scheduled fresh podcast episodes. However, this time I am being much more relaxed. I am also open to reshare some old interviews because I find they still work with the brand. Whether you want to go on a digital detox or stop writing for a few weeks, YOU ultimately decide.
Always take into account the inbox overwhelm
This is a little-known tip, which sounds damn obvious – but it’s not. A lot of people schedule and plan up until they are back in action. Unless you are gone for 5/6 months, it may be worth taking into account the first day you’ll be back in action. Make sure that day is EMAIL day or “meeting day”. Whatever you know will come at you, make sure you have a whole day to go through the backlog.
Get on the teamwork
Great team communication is always essential – however, when you are about to leave the ship for an adventure, you want to make sure the crew knows what to do. Ideally, you have someone in your team you feel confident enough to take important decisions when you are away.
If you still do not feel comfortable, then writing a clear brief may be the best option. Make sure people have scripts, handovers, templates and whatever you feel can help when you are not around. We have plenty of tools we use as a team.
You turn your auto-responder on for a reason. Make sure you do not cheat on yourself.