sneaking in a breather

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Whether it’s a barbeque in your backyard or a quick trip cross – country, you know you deserve a breather. With the first half of 2014 spent in the hustle bustle of corporate corridors, it’s time to put on that fedora, pack your summer bag and slip away for that well-deserved holiday to rejuvenate and recharge your body, mind and soul.

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Whether it’s a barbeque in your backyard or a quick trip cross – country, you know you deserve a breather. With the first half of 2014 spent in the hustle bustle of corporate corridors, it’s time to put on that fedora, pack your summer bag and slip away for that well-deserved holiday to rejuvenate and recharge your body, mind and soul.

After a maddening dash through the first six month at your workplace, every overworked corporate newbie gets the surge to take a break. So, whether its your limited funds or lack of long leave, we’ll show you how to squeeze a quick holiday or a mere weekend away. The depressing statistic from the vacation deprivation study by a prominent travel agency in the country slated Indians workers as the 4th most vacation deprived folks globally. Deeper analysis into the matter revealed that, these workaholic corporate employee procrastinate vacations due to the lack of time, plan or money. Also, given the dog-eats- dog environment and performance/ deadline oriented work pressure many consider holiday as luxury instead of a necessity.

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Many therapists dealing with patients complaining of work-related stress and depression opine that a quick weekend getaway is a must for employee with high-pressure job. A holiday not only provides the much needed relaxation but also, recharges your mind and eventually boosts your performance. So, here’s what you should be doing to sneak in tat perfect holiday

Plan, plan and plan!

Not just a cost effective, but planning in advance is sure to save you the last minute hassle.

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IF it is more than a weekend getaway get your official paperwork for leave application processed way in advance, inform your bosses and superiors beforehand and keep your peers and team members in the loop about your plan. This move will not only reflect your commitment towards work but also avoid any last minute cancellations. With that out of the way, zero in on the destination, keeping it closer to home would be a better idea, as it will save you not only the cost of flying out but also the time spent on travelling. Get quotations on tickets and lodging prices from various websites and corporate travel agents to get the best offer of the season. If heading by road, be sure to service your tow and read your raod maps thoroughly. Read up on the location – the local attraction, weather conditions, local cosines, culture to equip yourself better and avoid any last minute surprises.

Pamper yourself!

Remember, you are on a holiday. So, relax, and let yourself go! Soak in the sun; enjoy the serenity of being away from the hustle-bustle of deadlines, extensive presentations and endless boardroom clatter. Treat yourself to a mid- morning soothing spa session with that special someone on a relaxing dip in the ocean. In the evening head out and enjoy a heady night out as you let your hair down and swirl over the dancef loor. For those who would rather stick to the calm tranquility – a quick shopping spree and a rooftop dinner would be just what the doctor ordered.

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Relish dining out!

Living the cosmopolitan lifestyle in our urban concentrate jungle might leave you with less or no time to spend with your family or your inner circle of friends. So, for those special folks you’ve brought along to spend your getaway with – dine out with them! Exploring local cuisines and delicacies either from a kiosk on the pavement or a lavish eatery, on such getaways will not only encourage intimacy but also buy you that much needed personal time. Food is known to burns bridges and brings people closer. So, dress up, pop that bottle of bubbly or make reservations and surprise your taste buds - as your finally find the time to not just treat yourself but also the ones who put up with your tantrums and maddening lifestyle.

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Don’t pack your work baggage!

First things first – turn off that mobile phone, disconnect your internet connection and go off the radar. Being constantly on the phone or your laptop is not just disrespectful but also defies the whole purpose of your holiday. Avoid any and every conversation that would lean towards your business or workplace. Don’t babble about your latest client or that new project that you’ve been recently scored – as firstly its not a business trip and also you’d be ruining not just yours but the holiday spirit of those around you as well. Leave your work baggage at home before you start, work will still be there when you get back – you enjoy and escape into serenity while you can.

Enjoy the ride back home!

Now, that your holiday coming to a close, make sure to pack your bags way ahead of check out time and enjoy yourself. Every minute counts, so either it be flight ride back or the road your plan to – enjoy the trip back home. Buy collectibles and souvenirs from the local shops to mark your getaway, click lots of pictures and make few local friends. Keep the conversation around you light and fun and recount your experiences as you battle to fight the on-coming post holiday blues. Once home try and put off any official work till you unpack or even till the next day if possible. Savor your final hours of holiday and before you know it would be time to head out again.

BUDDING MANAGERS
JUNE 2014 ISSUE


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Posted On:  Saturday, 5 July, 2014 - 12:50

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