Summer is upon us, and with vacation time on the horizon you need to plan to have a good one. I'm not talking about flights, hotels, or other reservations. Rather, about how you approach vacation.
For many of you vacation time adds some stress, because while you will enjoy the change of scenery, experiences, and time with family, the time away from work may create anxiety.
Here is the number one thing to remember if that describes you: "You aren't that important." I don't mean in the existential sense of life, but in the course of a week or even (gasp) two, how many mission critical emails will you really get? How many urgent issues will genuinely arise? How many opportunities require immediate action in order to capitalize? Be honest. Odds are, the toughest thing to combat is what goes on in between your ears about being absent for a break.
I've written about this a lot, and every senior executive I've worked with has to deal with these circumstances. Here are some additional resources for you from past HBR articles: