A text message to my friend in mid July: Waow! 2 weeks in the sun!! Sounds brill. Enjoy x

A text message from my friend to me: Will do… if P agrees to leave phone at home x.

I smiled, knowing my friend was going to need a crowbar! P is attached to his mobile morning, noon and night but more than that he is attached to his work and finds it very difficult to switch off.

What is it about holiday time that causes workaholics to break out in blind panic for fear of doing nothing for one or two weeks or for fear of being unable to do anything? When I received the text message from my friend it did cross my mind that P was probably heading off on holiday wondering when he was going to get some peace to work!

Advances in technology have made all this possible at a time when Wi-Fi connection at hotels has become more important than the obligatory turn down service. Truth is there is little pleasure holidaying with a workaholic who is travelling with two mobile phones, an iPad and a laptop.

If the Wi-Fi connection has to be checked before the bathroom and the sheets gets the once over the summer holiday that you have saved for may be a tad counterproductive! Even at home, ask any farmer’s wife—staycation workaholics find it difficult to switch off and holiday time ends up failing to do the one thing it was designed for: to help you relax. So what can you do about it?

Before you crawl back from a workaholication in despair, check out this list of ten tips to turn your holiday into an enjoyable and relaxing time without being interrupted by work pressures.

  • Ask yourself what do you need to relax? Make a plan that suits you and your company to recharge the mental and emotional batteries.
  • Change your holiday mindset. By only taking one big break a year, there is a lot of pressure on those moments to be perfect. Take a day off here and there; go off for a guilt free weekend. Have a duvet day! Dial down the expectations on each one.
  • Leave phone, laptop, work at home… alone…or allocate an appropriate time to use the hotel’s Wi-Fi facilities and catch up on your emails, keeping your replies brief.
  • Extend your deadlines.
  • Interact with family and friends all year round. Pick up the phone. Write a letter. Visit at another time other than your holiday time.
  • Get more adventure from your daily life. Shake up your daily routine, and save your vacation time for more relaxing activities. The possibilities are endless (and fun).
  • Need sleep? Take a staycation but make yourself unavailable.
  • Trash the bucket list. Abandon the need to “see it all.” The goal is not too kill yourself while visiting 1001 ‘must go’ places before you pop your clogs, but to enjoy your holiday time by being present and savoring relaxation.
  • Plan for transitions. Leave later and come home early, so you can ease back into your routine over the weekend. Yes, you’ll have less time at your destination, but you’ll be a lot more rested.
  • Skip on the schedule. A holiday is a time to relax…adopt a different approach…leave the schedules, to do lists and ‘tick boxes’ behind. Go with the flow and have fun!