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The heat of summer is upon us (unless, of course, you live in the Pacific Northwest, when summer normally arrives on July 5th) , so I thought it time to talk again about vacation planning.
I've got a three-part plan that will help get you started; if you want to read all my ideas for vacation preparation (and returning —but not too soon), you can read Plan your summer getaway...and your return (the Crabby way).
Part I: Let's go on vacation!
Planning for vacation can be a bit of a job in and of itself. Luckily for you, I'm going to lead you to many tools and resources that you can use to map out any type of getaway plan, whether it's a big family camping trip or a four-star tour through Europe (where a currency rate calculator could come in mighty handy). Our template designers (and even some of our customers who've submitted templates) have thought of everything…so you don't have to. Head over the Office Templates where you can find such templates as a trip planning to-do list; checklist for a plane trip, and, of course the currency rate calculator.
There are also templates for the people staying behind (Personal data form for trip , Pet-care instructions).
Tip: While on the Templates site, you can do a search for "vacation", "trips", or anything else you can think of that will bring up the sort of results you can use.
Part II: Get it together before you leave
It's a good idea to tie up some loose ends before smugly heading out the door. In fact, if you leave projects hanging and meetings standing while you're not there, you can bet that there will be talk about how much you're "missed" around the office. Therefore, a little preparation can go a long way when it comes to making sure that things are nice and wrapped up before you leave.
This is where Crabby's get-away-from-it-all-check list comes in handy.
Part III: Return without angst
When the time comes to return to the office (and that time will come) don't expect to hop back into the swing of things and immediately pick up where you left off. If you do, all that post-trip bliss just may be washed away with one glance at your inbox. My advice is to get your feet wet the first day and then work your way up to full steam ahead as the week progresses.
I hope you have a great time, wherever you're going. And remember: Vacation is vacation—it does not mean telecommuting. It's good and healthy to have some time off. (Don't forget to write!)
Plan your summer getaway...and your return (the Crabby way)
Have a fun (and SAFE) July 4th holiday everyone.
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