Apr 07, 2016 03:00 AM EDT

Tips To Avoid Being The Workaholic While On Vacation

By R S Ali

Are you the kind of person who can't stop making work calls even while on the beach, and who takes their laptop everywhere? The truth is, for those of us who care even a little bit about work, vacations are just stressful. Either a huge pile of work is waiting for us when we come back, or we are tempted to skip vacations altogether because we have way too much work. Monster suggests how to cope.

Don't let vacations become this stressful time where you end up with health problems, impatience with family and friends, and problems getting along with colleagues. Let it be what it is meant to be: a relaxation period from everyday stress.

Follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of those precious vacation days.

1. Plan and communicate

Document, plan and organize the work needed to be done after you're gone. Document your process, and then share it with your team or co workers. Make it easy for them or whoever is filling in for you to do the work.

You don't want the people you leave behind to curse you for all the things you didn't do.

2. Delegate the work

Especially if you're a manager, this is a necessary step. Not all of your work can or should be done by one person. If a variety of people with different skills are filling in for you, it makes your work a lot more efficiently done, but you have to delegate well.

This can also give your underlings a chance to learn -and practice - their new skills.

4. Plan for when you're coming back

When you're scheduling your absence, also schedule your first few days back. It will be a circus, with emails, messages and work all waiting for you. So plan how much time you will need to catch up on work.

You will find that when you are organized and you have a plan, you will be a lot more relaxed on vacation.

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