Prep work is key to having a relaxing vacation, said Laarni Almendrala Ragaza, managing editor, Hardware, for PC Magazine. She advises workers finish as many projects as they can before heading out and anything that can't get finished should be delegated to others.
"Ask them to send you either a daily report or a note as soon as the project is finished," Ragaza said. "That way you're not inundated with minute-by-minute status reports on your e-mail."
Ragaza also suggested to have a detailed out-of-the office message for your e-mail account that includes the dates you will be out, the people that should be contacted while you are away and a note that makes it clear you will not be checking e-mail on a regular basis.