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The Workaholic's Vacation: 10 Tips to Really Relax - Everyday Bright
Is it just me, or is the usual summer vacation a bit counter-productive? Yes, there's a certain romanticism to chipping away at your list of the 936 World Heritage Sites. Yes, there's a duty to socialize with the family and friends who otherwise haven't heard from you since their Christmas card of acknowledgement.

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10 Tips To Really Enjoy Vacations

10 Tips To Really Enjoy Vacations
  1. You’re more likely to relax if you take more frequent vacations/year and dial down the expectations on each one.
  2. Family visits are more likely to result in a fe...

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Tips To Prepare For Vacations

  • Give yourself enough time to complete the work you have committed to before you leave and don’t take on new projects.
  • Delegate important tasks to someone capable a...

Tips For During Your Vacation

  • Scan your email occasionally to reassure yourself that nothing catastrophic is happening in your absence.
  • Try some activities, maybe something new, so you can have so much fun you forget all work related stress.
  • Turn off your phone and email notifications so you’re not constantly reminded of work. 
  • Don’t be tempted to work. You are taking a vacation to get a break. Working during the break will add stress to your trip and resentment when you return.

Tips For Your Return From Vacation

  • Get to your inbox first as it will allow you to prioritize your tasks properly.
  • Try to keep away from the office or commitments at least for your first day so you will be able to focus on catching up.
  • Try to incorporate the stress relieving tactics you found during your vacation to your routine.
  • Don’t work late. As tempting as it may be, work your normal hours when you return.

Burnout of a Nonprofit employee

The burden is slightly different for a nonprofit employee. In addition to an intimidating pile of work on your desk, you face a steady stream of people whose lives often depend on yo...

Burnout Cause #1: The Grind Never Stops

There is no regular downtime when it comes to serving the needy and fundraising to keep a nonprofit organisation running—this never-ending demand means constant deadlines and a steady stream of emergencies.

How to Deal with it.

  • Schedule Time Off. Plan breaks around deadlines, even if it is only part of a day.
  • Prioritise. Focus on what's really important.
  • Take Some Time to Think. Diarise time to do deadline-free work.

Burnout Cause #2: Other People’s Lives Are on the Line

Falling into the trap of feeling guilty about prioritising yourself when so many people depend on you.

How to Deal with it.

  • Find a Community. Try scheduling dinner or a happy hour with your colleagues or finding an outside group of nonprofit workers.
  • Create Redundancy So You Can Really Disconnect. Start keeping your colleagues in the loop about all your projects—even training them to take over for you in a pinch.
  • Leverage Funding. Consider talking to your donors. Plenty of understanding foundations may be willing to schedule funding for employee wellness.

Organizing our Lives

We all are juggling life's important areas: work, office, home, health and fitness, our finances and relationships.

It is not easy to juggle so many things all at once, and some areas may get...

Developing Habits

We all have habits ingrained in our lives. Most of our good habits (if any) take us to eventual long-term success, and our bad habits take our time, health, happiness and money. Make a list of what all you do as a habit daily and see which ones are good and which ones are not.

Habits like spending hours on social media, binge shopping, and lying on the couch are a few examples of bad habits.

Planning Ahead

Life is unpredictable, but planning is still important. Use your phone's calendar and to-do list, or install an app to create daily and weekly plans:

  • Plan even for small errands.
  • Keep in mind that things take longer than you expect.
  • Block chunks of time, or an entire day for a task.

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