Email & Vacation – Auto Response Experiment

What if your email could manufacture time?waiting

This vacation, write the clearest Auto Response or Out of Office message…ever.

Tell emailers how to get answers to their questions. Let them know when you will return, and how you will respond.

Then, enjoy your vacation!

Note what happens.

Did your clear auto-response help carve out interruption-free vacation time?

If so, ask yourself, “Could this work when I am in the office?”.

After all, couldn’t you use you some email-free time everyday?



Email & Vacation – Do Not Cross

You say you cannot ignore your email this vacation.

Maybe you are knee-deep in a critical project.

Try securing the perimeters of your email time instead.

Picture “Do Not Cross” tape around the times of day you intend to work email on vacation.

No matter what, nothing crosses the lines.

Take back control, and show your email who is boss!


Email & Vacation – Disappearing Act Experiment


Want to make your email disappear this vacation?

How about making your  laptop or tablet disappear?  Try hiding it in a really inconvenient place.  Or better yet, leave it back at work. Note to self:  Leave some breadcrumbs or draw a treasure map to find the device when vacation is over. The map is the secret ingredient.  Trust me on this.


Email & Vacation – Phone Coverup Experiment

Looking for a way to use your Smartphone but not be tempted to read email on vacation?

Remove your email account(s) from the Start Screen.

Now you can text and call without the constant reminder of unread email.

Out of sight, out of mind!

Note to self:  Be careful not to delete the account from your device.

Doesn’t that feel better?


Email & Vacation – Process Stress Test Experiment

Ever wonder how your processes run without you?runner

Find out on your next vacation.

This vacation, resist the urge to jump into problem solving in email. Instead, use your vacation as an opportunity to stress test your processes.

When you return, take the time to capture the problems that arise and plan process improvement efforts around them.

Make this vacation work for you!