The holidays are almost here, which means you might be looking forward to some time off from work.
While this time of year might be a bit chaotic, a break from work can offer you the chance to recharge and refocus.
Here are 15 things that successful people do during breaks:
1. They have a plan
"Successful people plan ahead when a holiday break is approaching, because they recognize that it's a rare opportunity to enjoy well-earned leisure time," Taylor says. "Even if the plan is to kick back, they usually have in mind certain activities, such as visiting with family or friends."
2. They compartmentalize
Don't ruin your break by overworking yourself. If you need to get stuff done, there's a way to handle it without dragging down the rest of your time off. "If work needs to get done, assign a period during the day or the break to attend to it," Taylor says.
3. They set boundaries
"Successful professionals let others know when and how they can be reached, so they can truly recharge," Taylor says. "Setting a day and time during the week allows you to get a lot accomplished in an efficient way." So make sure to set up an "out of office" email.
4. They get organized before they leave
It can be hard to relax on break if you've left your work in a state of disarray. "Tying up loose ends mitigates chaos and projects falling through the cracks by the time you return," Taylor says.