Making a Commitment for after a Vacation
While it is good to plan ahead, it is generally unwise to make a commitment that you cannot get
out of for after a vacation, especially a long vacation that is likely to take your mind off work completely. Why?
Below are the reasons why making a commitment for after a vacation or a long holiday can be unwise. The reasons
below do not apply to short vacations or holidays that you still check your email or phone messages almost daily.
In another word, we are only referring to vacations where you will be totally relaxing and not thinking of work
most of the time.
The urge to plan
Most people who care about their work, including business owners, want to plan and set up
meetings for when they come back from their vacation. However, planning and making a commitment are two different
things. You should plan as much as possible. There is never enough to planning. However, plans can change and most
meetings can be rescheduled. Just make sure that you are not making huge commitment that can have adverse impact on
your image or your business if cancelled or postponed.
Circumstances can change
Below are some of the reasons why making a commitment that you cannot get out of happily for
after your vacation is generally a bad idea.
You could be ill. Who knows what would happen on your vacation. You could catch a cold and
become severely ill, thus making a grand presentation to an important client would be unwise so would
Your strategy could have changed. This applies to business owners more than employees. While on
vacation, you could have come up with opportunities that you did not foresee and when you get back you
may be dying to get on and pursue those opportunities instead of the ones you have committed and set up
Relaxing on a good vacation usually clears people's mind and
enables them to concentrate and see the big picture more fully. Again, cancelling or postponing
could look bad for your image or business image. Instead of committing yourself, plan for what
you should do after you get back from your vacation.