Planning on taking a little time off for the holidays? Good for you! You definitely deserve it. Before heading out though, be sure to complete the following four tasks:

1. Set up an out-of-office email response

While you may be taking time off, other people may not, so it’s important to let them know when you’ll be out, and more importantly, back.

Be sure to set up an out-of-office email response stating the time frame you’ll be out and who to contact in case of an emergency (your coworker or boss, for example).

2. Wish your members a Happy Holiday/Happy New Year

Before heading home or out of town, it’s important to plan to wish your members a Happy Holiday/Happy New Year. You can either send an email before heading out or pre-schedule an email and/or social media post (which we’ll touch on more next).

To take this up a notch, you may even want to put together a blog post or special newsletter highlighting best moments from 2018. Remember, the success you’ve seen this year has a lot to do with your members, so let them know you appreciate all they’ve done and given in the past year. (This will also get them excited for 2019!)

3. Pre-schedule social media posts

While the holiday season may mean less action at work, it also means more action on social media (partly because people have more downtime). Take advantage of that by pre-scheduling a few social media posts before heading out.

This is where you can schedule your Happy Holidays/Happy New Year posts, a few pics from your favorite 2018 moments, links to old (within the past year) blog posts, etc. The point is to just keep your organization top-of-mind during this slow (but fun!) time frame.

4. Do a little “brain dump”

If you’re anything like me, before taking time off at work, you likely have a million little thoughts running through your head.

When I get back, I really need to remember to do this.

That’d be a cool idea to execute in Q1.

We need to revisit that in our January kickoff meeting.

Get those thoughts and ideas out of your head and onto paper by doing a little brain dump. Anything that comes to mind that you want to remember post-vacation, jot it down. Not only will this prevent you from forgetting, but it will give you peace of mind while you’re out (and allow you to fully enjoy your time off).

Speaking of that brain dump, as you prep for 2019 – planning what you want to try out and achieve – check out our Ultimate Guide to Membership Management. It’s filled with best practices for membership recruitment, onboarding, engagement, retention, and more. Who knows, it may inspire some new ideas and projects!