Regular readers will know that when I go on an extended break from the office I have a distinctive Out of Office message, which takes courage to send. Do you have the courage to have this, or a similar message? The beauty of it is that when you get back to the office/home you don’t have 100′s and 100′s of emails to go through – which can drain any energy you may have gained from the vacation itself. I’ve done this over a handful of times now and 99% of the responses/comments I receive are positive, acknowledging me for taking this stand and being a model for WorkStyle = work + lifestyle. Sure 1% of folks don’t like it, but hey, you can’t please all the people all the time and my sanity/energy/health/recreation is most important.
Living in the Victorian Central Highlands (the coldest non-alpine place in Victoria, Australia) I look forward to seeing the sunshine and feeling the warm air and swimming in the body-temperature waters of Gili Air each July. Here is what I will be sending from Friday 29 June COB…
Thank you for emailing Belinda MacInnes of Belinda M Pty Ltd, and the Professional Coach’s Business System Revisited.
I am currently celebrating 19 years in business by taking annual leave in the warmth and sunshine of Lombok, Indonesia.
During this time I WILL NOT be checking my email. As part of practising my WorkStyle, I WILL BE DELETING ALL EMAILS on my return (yes, truly!) so if your email is important and you want me to read it, please resend it to me after 9am on Friday 27 July when I am back in my office.
In the meantime have a sensational day!
Belinda MacInnes MCC
Belinda M Pty Ltd