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10 Most Important Things To Do Before Leaving for Vacation

10 Most Important Things To Do Before Leaving for Vacation

Trips are one of the best ways to spend some memorable times with friends and family members. If you are also planning a trip with your loved ones, then there are a million things you need to do before leaving for the trip. It is very easy to let some of the crucial “to-dos” slip through the cracks which may ruin your tour. Here, we’ll enlist some important things that people often forget to do before they bid adieu to their homes.

1. Pay all your pending bills

You should pay-off all your pending bills before going on a holiday. You can schedule automatic payments for your pending bills. In this way, you can save yourself from any late fees that may be applicable, and you don’t have to worry about these bills during your fun vacation.

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2. Remove unnecessary items from your wallet

You should sort through your wallet and remove all the items that would be unnecessary for your trip. Some examples of unnecessary items are extra credit cards, foreign currency from your last trip, and reward cards that can only be used in your own country.

3. Make copies of all your important items

Before going on the trip, you should carry your money and documents carefully. You should have copies of your credit cards and passport with you. If you, unfortunately, lose them on your trip, you can have paper copies or scanned copies in your email.

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4. Update your calendar

Be sure to double-check your work calendar in order to see if there are any important commitments that you’ve made while you are gone. You can reschedule your important tasks before you leave. You should also check other non-work related appointments, and postpone or cancel them before leaving for your vacation.

5. Unplug and switch off all your appliances

You should remember to turn off all the appliances, or better yet, unplug all of them. This will conserve energy as well as money. Furthermore, you should clean out all perishables from the fridge so you are not in for a nasty surprise when you get back.

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6. Book your hotel in advance

This is one of the most important things that you should do before leaving, as this can make or break your trip. If your tour destination is famous, then there are high chances of non-availability of hotel rooms when you arrive there. You can book a hotel room online in advance through online booking websites which also provide benefits such as discount coupons.

7. Get the kitchen in order

You should wash all the dirty dishes and take out the trash. It is also a nice idea to wipe down the counters with a good anti-bacterial spray so you do not come back to find insects feasting on any crumbs.

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8. Pick up snacks, movies and reading material

These are small but important things to take with you on a trip. Don’t blow your budget at railway station or airport by forgetting to buy these crucial items beforehand. Further, you should also keep a power bank to make sure your phone’s battery is always powered.

9. Take all medicines according to your requirement

It is important to keep all the medicines you need with you. For example, if you are concerned about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), you should keep stock of some low-dose aspirin before your journey.

10. Request your neighbor to keep an eye

It is essential to inform your neighbors about your departure and request them to keep an eye on your property. You can ask them to help you take care of your plants and pets, to move your valuables, especially cars in event of emergencies, to check doors, the rear of the house occasionally etc.

Wrapping Up:

These are some crucial things to do before you leave home to enjoy your holidays. You should keep above things in mind to make your vacation enjoyable and memorable. If you have a few more tips that aren’t already mentioned here, please feel free to enlighten us with your knowledge in the comments section below.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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