Here’s the Secret to Really, Really Enjoying Your Summer Vacation

The secret is delegation. And if you follow these three tips, your time away will be easy-breezy and actually relaxing.
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If you own a business, taking a vacation can be hard in terms of letting go of work time. Evidence? Funding Circle found that 70 percent of small-business owners surveyed said they did not see the holidays as a time to get away from work.

Related: 3 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs to Take Vacation Time

Instead, most said that even when they try to take time off for the winter holidays, they end up at the very least checking work emails during their downtime.

So, if people aren’t willing to fully unplug during the winter holiday season, where does that leave the summertime?

Though it’s been proven that taking time off is good for the mind, body and business, people still feel strain when they try to vacation. This makes it hard to leave and just as hard to enjoy the time away. For at least some of these owners, “vacation” may even end up being counterproductive.

The answer: delegation. Here are some great delegation tips to follow so that when summer is in full swing wherever you are, you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy that much-needed time off.

1. Set measurable weekly goals.

One great way to keep your entire team on track each week while you’re away is to set measurable goals for every individual and share them as a team.

My own team recently started practicing the methods outlined in Gino Wickman and Tom Bouwer’s book, What the Heck is EOS (which stands for “entrepreneurial operating system”). Check out this brief outline of how we implemented their concepts into our weekly meetings, whether the company leader (me) is involved or not:

Related: A Business Owner’s Guide to a Stress-Free Summer Vacation

  1. Each person shares one piece of personal or professional good news with the team.
  2. Updates on personal weekly KPIs are shared.
  3. A review of 90-day goals determines whether they can be marked as being on track or not.
  4. Team member praise is shared to boost morale and let others feel appreciated for their hard work.
  5. Any problems are shared, discussed and assigned to someone to resolve.

By doing things this way, both when I am working and when I am away on vacation, my team members always know what’s expected of them and what is going on with the rest of the team. It also enforces the concept of teamwork since any issues that arise, no matter how minor, are addressed as a team.

2. Train your team members.

Training your team members to handle some of your duties and issues that may pop up with the business while you’re away is a recurring process. After all, you can’t expect to teach your team members everything they need to know as you’re walking out the door for vacation.

That said, investing some time and energy into showing certain people how to handle certain tasks goes a long way when it comes to your absence. This ensures that when it’s time for you to walk out the door, you and your team will feel confident that no matter what happens, everything will be OK.

You could also use Zoom to hold live video meetings, just in case you really need to stay in touch with your team while you’re away.

Finally, you might consider setting up a calendar using Asana for your team to use, to outline who is responsible for what and when. This way, you can easily log into your account and check to see that your team is on track with all tasks that have been assigned while you’re on vacation.

Related: Mastering The Art Of Delegation

And there you have it! Some simple yet actionable tips you can easily follow for those rare times you want to get away for a summer vacation. If you follow these tips, and trust that the team you’ve got in place can handle what needs to be done, you’ll soon find yourself having a breezy summer vacation like never before.

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