Whether for vacation or your own self-care, we all know how important it is to take some time away.
But we also all know how hard it can be to return after said time away. Our inbox looks like a madhouse. And our first week back is one big slew of meetings.
For a lot of us, once we see the stressful post-vacation craze for the first time, we decide to do things a little differently. On our next trip, we just decide to tackle our inbox while away… to help alleviate some of that stress when we return.
You know what I’m going to say. That’s all no good.
That’s why, in 2018, I used a special Out of Office automated reply when I stepped away from my desk, Subject Line: Send Again After 10/15.
I set clear boundaries and expectations and actually (yes, really) disappeared.
Someone from Forbes saw my OOO responder and asked to share it.