Don't Sweat the Summer Vacation by Expert Wendy Ellin


Yippee, it’s here…Summer Vacation!  For some of us, it’s a time to break away from the usual routine and venture out into the world of vacation.  That means planning, preparing, packing, and lining up all the details for leaving our nest to see the world…(or at least a certain slice of it!) Then there’s the stress of getting your life in order to actually leave for a few weeks – which leads to the age-old question…”Where do I Start?”  I find it so interesting that we are willing to organize our life before we head out for vacation, which is when we aren’t even in our daily routine to benefit from the newly, transformed spaces we wrestled to create.  In reality, doesn’t it matter more that our environments are productive when we are actually in them, not when we are away?  If you commute to an office every day, you can usually tell who’s on vacation by the newly tied-up offices you wander past down the hallway.  Because if they were there, they’d most likely be lost amidst the paper piles and daily clutter, right?

So, if you are ready to take that summer vacation with your family, and would like this to be the year that you not only “clean it up” before you leave, keep reading. And If you are even remotely stressed out at the notion of leaving life to take a vacation…JUST BREATHE.  I got your back!

This is where I share some helpful tips for setting yourself up for when you return that will allow you to enjoy your vacation like you never have before.  That means getting away, letting go, re-igniting, chillin’ out with those you love, and a true peace of mind about what you left behind.  And you’ll get to experience re-entry like you never have before…and that alone, will make the vacation all the better.  Just THINK ABOUT, AND ENVISION THAT…which is actually the first step in making it happen.

Start here with some simple tips for setting yourself up for a stress-free, positive re-entry upon your return from that awesome get-away:

  1. Decide now that you are not going to come back from vacation ready to tear your hair out and choke someone due to the mess you left yourself. You have control over how you leave your stuff – so decide NOW that this vacation, and returning from it, are going to be a new, different, and positive experience.
  2. Get to that cluttered mess of a space BEFORE YOU LEAVE. Doing the work before you leave enhances the re-entry experience that much more.  And then you can hit the ground running when you get back, instead of having to tackle the space first, in order to get the actual stuff done.  Don’t leave the de-clutter project as one of the tasks on your list – get that behind you before leaving so you can jump back in happily and easier.
  3. Make yourself a list of those things you will need to pick back up once you return. Make sure this list covers the items needed to tackle within the week you return, not the day.  Let’s face it, if we get more realistic about what we can get done in a 24 hour period, we will stop setting ourselves up for failure every time.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will all your S--- get done in a day!  But if you spread your tasks over a 5-day week, the chances of getting it all done are way higher, with less stress and more energy.
  4. Get yourself an Accountability Partner that will help you stay on track. Maybe one of your girlfriends is in the same boat as you are…taking vacation, and wanting to set herself up for easy return to her every day life.  Why not both of you stay accountable to each other for committing to making this vacation, and the return from it, the experience each of you want and deserve.
  5. Be easy on yourself. While discipline is necessary for sustaining change, don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.  Remember…”The Change is in the Choosing”.  So choose to do what is going to serve you well…and in this case – re-entry from this vacation feeling AMAZING instead of DEFEATING is the goal!


Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 8.06.24 PMBIO: Wendy Ellin is a Workplace Productivity Strategist & Author of the book Enough Is Enough, Get Control of Your Stuff.  In her presentations, she shares her insights into living a productive and organized life with irreverence, humor, and a level of passion that motivates her audience to TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.  Her approach to training is engaging, interactive, and with a “let’s make a difference in your life” attitude.  She talks about real challenges that we all experience on a daily basis such as excessive clutter, email overload, being on time (or not), reasonable expectations for getting things done, over-committing, and much more. Wendy believes that no matter how you are "wired", if you want it badly enough, and you’re willing to take the necessary action, she can help you close the gap between where you are and where you want to be in your business and your life. And what that can look like is… total control of your life (regardless of how busy you are), a sense of confidence and pride in what you do, and a little more time to work less, play more, and sleep soundly.  Wendy and her husband Marty Ellin, an attorney, live in Atlanta with their Golden Doodle, Ruby. More of Wendy Ellin can be found at