Prepping your workload for the bank holiday weekend

We all love a good bank holiday weekend whether it’s rain, hail or snow outside – the thoughts of spending extra time with family, planning a trip or just having an extra lie in puts us in a great mood!

The flip side of this is that some of us end up having to fit a five-day work week into a four-day week which can put extra stress on us on the lead up to the bank holiday and the dreaded post-bank holiday Tuesday. Preparation and organisation is key so we’ve decided to give you 5 handy tips that have worked for us here in Quest in the past:

  1. Communicate, communicate, communicate

It may seem trivial but so many problems can be avoided by simply communicating with your colleagues. Meetings and other arrangements can be pushed forward when there is a bank holiday Monday. If you have had to rearrange anything, ensure your colleagues are in the loop – things can get messy otherwise!

  1. Plan operational requirements in advance

Businesses will have deadlines and priorities that need to be handled regardless of bank holidays. When staff are out of the office, there is a knock-on effect. Some forward thinking and planning here can go a long way towards ensuring not only an easier workload but also happier clients welcoming you back on Tuesday.

  1. Make a checklist

Making a checklist is always worth doing. This will set your priorities in order and having this on paper (or a text document – welcome to the 21stCentury!) will allow you some extra head space that we all know comes in handy when trying to plan ahead.

  1. Lock up properly!

Once you are in bank holiday mode, it’s easy to forget simple routine things like locking up and ensuring everything is 100% secure. Break-ins are more common during the bank holiday and the last thing you want having ignored the previous three points is to come back to a computer-less desk!

  1. Take advantage of bank holiday mode

Make the most of clients and potential new leads being in a happier mood as a result of the bank holiday. Break the ice with talk of weekend plans and sign off every email with “Have a great long weekend”. Where “Happy Friday” might usually be a stretch for you, go full bank holiday mode and push the boat out.

  1. Enjoy your weekend!

The best way to prep for a shorter week with the usual workload is to feel refreshed and, most importantly, to feel as though whatever you got up to was worth what Tuesday will throw at you. So enjoy yourself – you’ll have to wait for October for the next one!