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How to Prep for PTO

July 17, 2019 0 Comments

Don’t be a PTO hoarder! Whether you’re packing up early on summer Fridays or trading in subzero office air conditioning for a breezy beach week, it’s time to get going. Here are some tips on how to prep yourself (and your colleagues) for your well-deserved vacation.

Woman lounging by the ocean at Royalton Negril, Jamaica - How to Prep for PTO

This will be you sooner than you think! (Photo by: @mk477)

Step 1

Approximately two weeks before your vacation, place a pair of flip-flops under your desk. Slide them on occasionally and imagine sand between your toes. (Remember to return to regular shoes before your next meeting.)

Step 2

Put a “For Sale” sign on your faux sunshine lamp.

Step 3

Chat with your manager about who will cover for you in your absence. Start sliding morning doughnuts on that person’s desk at least three days before your departure.

Step 4

Update your screensaver with a slideshow of beaches, sunset cocktails and windsurfers. Write “Wish you were here” on a sticky note and attach. It’ll get the office gossip going when you’re out to lunch and your screensaver kicks on.

Step 5

The night before departure, Google “Funny out of office messages.” Compose and delete at least three options, including this gif:

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Write out: “Thank you for your message. I will be on the beach starting [Start Date] and will return to the office [Date of Return]. If you need immediate assistance during my absence (because, remember, I’ll be on a beach), please contact [Name] at [Email].

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS PROFESSIONAL, REMEMBER TO ACTUALLY TURN IT ON.

Step 7

Shut off computer. Pick up flip-flops. Walk away. Breathe.

Woman walking along the beach at Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia

Walking out of the office like… (Photo by: @thelittleliftrises)

Now that know how to prep for PTO, it’s officially time to start the countdown until you’re on the beach!

Sarika Chawla

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