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How to Use Your Vacation Days Once The Pandemic is Over

Woman on vacation after the pandemic laying down with arms folded behind her head on the beach

People that didn’t use their vacation days heavily regretted their decision once the pandemic hit. Once in lockdown, they were unable to use their vacation days even if they wanted to.

People are awaiting a change of scenery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest and time away from our current lives may be just what we need as a society to reset ourselves, but only when it is safe to do so. So, let’s take a sneak peek to see how we can make the most of our vacation days once the pandemic is over.

Plan Ahead

The pandemic has made it near impossible to plan for anything in advance. But when the time comes and you are able to take a vacation, make sure you clear it with your bosses. You must book time off well in advance so there are no pending tasks when you take time off to travel. The last thing you want is your colleagues to message you because they weren’t aware you were going to be going away for a few days.

Take a Week-Long Vacation

Taking time off work gives your mind a few days to get out of the work mode and relax . For the first day or two, you might find yourself reading or responding to emails and trying to inform everyone you’re not online. Real relaxation will most likely kick in after the first few days, so you should plan a vacation that is at least one week long.

Go Anywhere

You can quite literally go anywhere during your time off. If you’re not in a position to go somewhere lavish or go abroad, why not go somewhere locally? If you like the woods and enjoy being surrounded by a body of water, book a water-facing cabin and just spend a week unwinding there. You’ll come back totally refreshed with a new lease on life.

Prepare Your Colleagues Prior to Leaving

When you’re taking a vacation, one of the biggest holdups is your colleagues. You may be collaborating with coworkers on a project. While upper management may know you’re going on a vacation, your colleagues might not. To make sure there are no pending tasks and your colleagues can manage without you when you’re away, prepare them well in advance of your leaving.

Minimize Phone Usage

It’s a wild idea, isn’t it? We won’t go so far as to recommend you turn your phone off, because if you do and there is an emergency, you’ll be completely cut off. Instead, you can mute your work apps for a certain period of time while you are vacationing. Most new smartphones will have a feature or app that can do this. Try and limit your interaction with social media to make the most of your days off from work.

Personal days and vacation days are more important than you may think. It’s true that you get Saturdays and Sundays off but they are simply not enough to unwind after a long week of work. If you have vacation days left over, make sure you use them after the pandemic and take some time off to do things you enjoy.

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