How to Enjoy a Holiday Weekend
With Labor Day right around the corner, many of us may be planning some much-needed time away from the office. Are you able to truly relax and leave work behind when you are on vacation? Not everyone is able to stop thinking about work when they are not in the office. If this sounds like you, you may want to check out Art Markman's Harvard Business Review article titled “How to Forget About Work When You're Not Working.”
His article reviews some strategies derived from cognitive behavioral therapy to help shift your attention away from work and on to non-work activities. His first suggestion was to make a plan as to how you are going to fill your non-work time with leisure pursuits. So what will you be doing this holiday weekend? Partaking in a painting night event with friends? Going on a white-water rafting trip?
His second major suggestion was to not be in an environment that is conducive to working. Did you know that there are now retreats/vacations designed to specifically remove you from all your digital devices? Gulp! His final tip was to expose yourself to what is likely causing you the most anxiety—that something big will happen when you aren't checking in at work. In many cases, the fear is much worse than the reality.
Be sure to read the full article for all of Art Markman’s suggestions so that you can make the most out of the long weekend and come back on Tuesday ready to tackle the week ahead.
Markman A. (2017) How to forget about work when you're not working. Harvard Business Review. August 25.