Was it Worth it?

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Muminthecity

I’ve just come back from a week's holiday from work. Despite advising all and sundry of my few day's absence, spending lots of time to prepare for my absence and leaving meticulous notes for my "cover", I still came back to a mountain of emails, meetings and work requests.

By Monday lunchtime I was just about raising my head above the parapet, when I was landed with prep for an important Board meeting mid-week and down the ladder I went to sit firmly in Square One again!

I found myself wondering if my few days away from the office were really worth all the pain and suffering (slight exaggeration) I was now experiencing and wondered was there anything else I could have done to prepare for my absence.

I'm going away for 3 weeks in April and quite frankly am dreading to what I'll come back to...

Is this the price I have to pay for having half term off to spend quality time with my son? I'm wondering how other cope and what your experiences are. I'm looking forward to hearing your comments!

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Planning and preparation is usually key to ensure a smooth, stress free holiday and to ensure there's not a backlog on your return. Sounds like the message didn't get through or the right actions weren't taken, despite your meticulous notes. Sometimes it happens - not everyone sees things the same way we do.

I certainly wouldn't want you to feel it's not worth going away because of the feeling of dread when you return to another mountain of work. However busy we are, we should all be able to take time off from our business without the place falling apart.

Once you've got your head back over the parapet - take a few minutes to step back and look at what worked and more importantly what didn't. What could you do differently? What needs to change if it's not going to happen again?

There might be a learning curve to go through if people aren't used to you not being around to handle everything and despite the initial pain and a few stumbling blocks - if you can get past this, you'll be able to enjoy time with your family without the stress and worry.

Not knowing much about your business, I'm not sure if this blog post will help: http://clareevans.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-holiday-season-and-as-you-wind-down.html

Feel free to give me a call if you'd like to talk through your particular situation in more detail or get a fresh perspective and a few tips and ideas for next time.
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I’ve just come back from a week's holiday from work. Despite advising all and sundry of my few day's absence, spending lots of time to prepare for my absence and leaving meticulous notes for my "cover", I still came back to a mountain of emails, meetings and work requests.

By Monday lunchtime I was just about raising my head above the parapet, when I was landed with prep for an important Board meeting mid-week and down the ladder I went to sit firmly in Square One again!

I found myself wondering if my few days away from the office were really worth all the pain and suffering (slight exaggeration) I was now experiencing and wondered was there anything else I could have done to prepare for my absence.

I'm going away for 3 weeks in April and quite frankly am dreading to what I'll come back to...

Is this the price I have to pay for having half term off to spend quality time with my son? I'm wondering how other cope and what your experiences are. I'm looking forward to hearing your comments!

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