Before summer holidays manage your deadlines by creating strategic priorities.

How to stay productive and agile when wrapping things up before the holidays

If you are just about to leave the office before your regular summer holidays, you might find yourself in a less productive and stressful time of the year. Fatigue and lack of concentration are some of the factors that have a negative impact on how you wrap things up.

In this specific period almost all working professionals start being extremely impatient and can’t cope with efficiently organizing pending activities. Remember that if you don’t complete all of your tasks your colleagues that remain in the office will have the burden of taking care of your affairs. So be a good team player and make an effort of leaving everything in order.

Stay focused and productive

Your worst enemy before the summer holidays is the focus quality and the way you perform, considering the limited time frame. Keep yourself in shape and good health by doing a lot of sports and maintaining a balanced diet. Create a list of priorities and don’t multitask all the time. Don’t be afraid to ask for some extra help if you think you can’t stay behind the deadlines.

Take care of the most urgent matters

Always start from the most important and heavy working activities. Micromanage the simplest one towards the end; you will find it less stressful. If you realize that you are not going to close some activities, get in touch with the ones with whom you are sharing a specific project and reschedule meetings, calls or deadlines.

Learn to delegate and always provide a handover

Remember that you are always part of a team, no matter which role you cover, and delegating is a sign that you trust your co-workers. If you know that you are going to be away for an extensive period of time, elaborate a document with a proper handover where you provide useful guidelines. You will need all the help you can get.

Always remember to write a nice “out of office” message

Before the summer holidays, your “out of office” email should be different from the ones you use during the year. It’s always nice to give a personal touch by thanking everyone for their support and wishing them the best, especially if you know they are still in the office during your absence. Within the reply you should include the full coordinates of your co-workers that will perform some of your tasks.

If you have some extra time available, get in touch with your most important clients or suppliers over the phone, this gesture will give a boost in terms of your company’s reputation. In this manner you will make them feel appreciated – it is also a great way of creating a sort of business relationship continuity, even if you are not going to be in touch for quite some time.