Does it Have to Be a Working Vacation?

May 22, 2023
Executive Coaching

If you’re about to go on vacation and will have to do workduring it, first make sure there isn’t a way you could get the work donebeforehand so that you can enjoy your vacation in its entirety.


If you must take work, see if there’s a way that you coulddo it in the middle of your trip— all in one day— so that you can first relax abit, then do some work, but have time to relax at the very end.


The reason you want to try to stay away from work onvacation is because it already takes a day or two to uncouple from theworkplace (even if you work from home). You’re thinking about what didn’t getdone or what you’ll face when you get back.


It’s not until part way through the vacation that youuncouple from your “work thoughts” and get into “vacation thoughts”.


If you do work from home, it’s already difficult not tothink about work even after work hours, since your office is so close to you atall times.


That’s why your vacations are very special. You must try tounplug. That’s what makes you even better when you get back to work.


So while on vacation, work if you must, but do your best to…

         —Handle whatyou can before you leave.

         —Let someoneelse handle what comes up (which you’ll also do for them at a later time).

         —Set yourvoicemail and e-mail messages to inform people that you will be gone.

         —Make surethe above messages say who they can contact since you’re not there.

         —Let peopleknow you’ll get back to them when you return.


Now, have a great vacation and RELAX!

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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