After more than a year of staying at home, many people are excited to travel again—including entrepreneurs. In fact, getting some space from your business can really help clear your mind and prevent burnout. However, many business owners are still facing lingering challenges due to the pandemic, and it can be difficult to find time to step away from work.
With the right planning and delegation tactics, though, business owners can indeed enjoy a much-needed vacation. To help, eight members of Young Entrepreneur Council shared tips for making it a little easier to take time off this year.
1. Delegate Tasks
In the weeks leading up to your trip, make a point to delegate. Oftentimes, we take on too many tasks that could be delegated to other team members. Also, make sure you clear out your calendar and move any meetings. Lockdowns and the inability to travel made us hyper-connected; it’s important to disconnect and allow yourself to decompress. When you come back, you’ll find yourself refreshed and ready. – Brian David Crane, Caller Smart Inc.
2. Start Small
Start small with travel—choose a close-ish destination for a few days. Habits are hard to break, and the habit of being home with access to work almost 24/7 can be a tough one. You don’t want to spend an elaborate and expensive vacation glued to your laptop or feeling guilty for the number of hours you’re putting in. Keep it simple and keep it close to maximize your enjoyment and downtime. – Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR
3. Plan Ahead
My one tip for entrepreneurs interested in taking a vacation is to plan ahead. You’ll need to assign other members of management to help your team, host meetings and keep track of the various projects within your company. When you plan ahead, you give yourself peace of mind and ensure that the people filling in for you have plenty of time to prepare. – Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights
4. Document Any Notes Or Instructions
Plan ahead by checking your meetings against your itinerary, making sure they’re not in each other’s way. Read your team’s reports online and list down your ideas and concerns for future meetings. Finally, voice record your instructions and any needed answers and then send them to your colleagues on WhatsApp or apps that will record your messages in order to avoid miscommunication. – Daisy Jing, Banish
5. Put Someone You Trust In Charge
To have a smooth vacation this year, put someone you trust in charge. Your best chance of being able to relax is knowing you’ve left your business in the hands of a capable person who knows their way around your brand. You can even train them before you leave so you know they understand the processes while you’re gone. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms
6. Work Ahead
Work ahead as much as you possibly can to ensure that there’s less stuff that needs to get done while you’re away. This reduces the stress level of your team and allows you to take your vacation free and clear from thinking that you have to check in each and every day to see how things are going. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
7. Utilize Your Out-Of-Office Feature
I just returned from my first trip in years, and it was incredibly difficult to pause the need to be connected to work at all times. My suggestion to enjoy your trip fully is to turn on your out-of-office feature and route all incoming work emails to a folder titled “Later” or “To Do.” Just seeing unanswered emails in my inbox is triggering for me, so keeping them out of sight was my best solution. – Ashley Sharp, Dwell with Dignity
8. Just Take Your Work With You
Honestly, with internet connections just about everywhere and everyone working remotely, there is an easy way to take vacations: Just plan one and go. People will not care if you are at an office or working remotely. Just plan some time to check email daily, have a few meetings, but then also spend time away from work during the day. – Peter Boyd, PaperStreet Web Design