4 ways to make the most of a short holiday break

A four-day weekend is here, so get ready to relax and enjoy your time away from work!

While you may not have had a whole work week off, there are things you can do to maximize the time you have with your loved ones.

Be sure to plan ahead

Just like going on vacation, you’ll want to be in really good shape when it comes to outstanding and upcoming assignments, so get your email autoresponder in order, be aware of due dates that are around the corner, and plan to have someone cover you if you are taking more days off than the rest of your team.

If you simply have to get a bit of after-hours work done before you leave, do the harder stuff first and toil away in a location where you’re the least likely to get distracted so you can set yourself up for success.

Focus on the fun

Staying in touch with friends and family should always be as much of a priority as possible if that’s important to you, but when the holidays come around, it’s especially crucial.

By getting your work done in advance, you’ll be able to chow down on all the holiday goodies and spend extra time catching up with your loved ones without the looming guilt.

Not dwelling too much on what’s bothering you at work and keeping yourself fully immersed in the celebration can also be a big help.

Embark on a quick digital detox

Since it takes at least six hours for a digital detox to work, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible — especially on a short holiday break.

While staying glued to our smartphones has become such a way of life, doing things like using a traditional alarm clock instead, turning off notifications, and putting it far away might be just what you need.

Don’t come to work late on Monday

This might only make you feel worse about being back so soon.

Áine Cain writes about what “successful people do” after a “long weekend” in Business Insider.

One of the points is “they get to work early.”

“When it comes to holidays like Labor Day, almost everyone has time off. So you won’t be falling behind by showing up to work at your usual time. But coming in early is a good idea if you want to be as productive as possible after a holiday weekend,” Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, told BI.

Getting your work done ahead of time, focusing on enjoying your time at home (instead of your phone), and not being late the day you return can help you make the most of a short holiday break.