Dec 03
Stacey Ashley Blog

Use These Great Questions To Coach Yourself To A Wonderful Holiday Break

If you are anything like me, you are really looking forward to this next holiday. It feels like it’s been a long time coming and absolutely deserved. Pretty much everybody I’ve spoken to in recent weeks is feeling exactly the same way. In this article I’m sharing a few self-coaching questions to get you set up so that you can do 3 things:

1. Make the most of the time leading into your holiday break
2. Make the most of your holiday break, and
3. Know you are all set up for when you return from holidays.

These questions will help you make sure that you’ve got everything in place to be able to optimise your rest, relaxation, and recovery this holiday break, knowing that you will be ready to go when you return to work.



I encourage you to use the time before your break intentionally. What do you need to focus on now to get yourself, your tribe, and your world in order before you have a break? This could include activities like: finishing things that have been started; planning; setting up cover for the holidays for delegation and escalation; and creating permission and expectation that people really do have a break, including you.

Here are a few self-coaching questions to consider:

In the time remaining before you have a break, what is the most important thing for you to focus on?

  • What needs to be completed?
  • What needs to be started?
  • What needs to be planned?
  • What needs your attention?
  • What are you doing right now that you shouldn’t be?
  • What aren’t you doing right now that you should be?
  • What does your team need from you at the moment?

Return Ready


Preparing now for the return from your break means you can focus on enjoying your holiday rather than stressing about what you will face on your return. This is about what you need to focus on now in order to be set up for success on your return.

Here are a few self-coaching questions to consider:

  • How well have you planned your return to work after the holidays?
  • What else do you need to plan?
  • How organised and focused is your diary for the first week and month after your return?
  • How much time have you allocated in your diary to catching up on what you missed while you were having a break?
  • How organised is your working space or spaces?
  • What do you need to do to get organised before you have a break?
  • How can you help your team be set up for their return to work?

Optimise Your Break


This is being deliberate about how you optimise your holidays for rest, relaxation, recovery, and making the most of this time and space for yourself.

Here are a few self-coaching questions to consider:

  • How will you make the most of your holiday break?
  • How will you disconnect from work?
  • How will you create some time for yourself?
  • What, if anything, do you want to use your time for during your break?
  • How will you recharge your batteries?

Reflect and Refocus


I find once the big festivities or activities of a holiday break are completed, I start to find time for myself. This is when I do my reflection and planning for the future. If you decide this is important to you too, here are a few questions to consider about the year ahead, and how you might want to optimise it for yourself.

You don’t need to know all the answers immediately. This is about creating the space to consider the questions.

Here are a few self-coaching questions to consider:

  • When you get to the end of the next year, what do you want to look back on and feel proud of?
  • Who do you need to be to make this happen?
  • What does your team need from you in the year ahead?
  • What do you need from your team?
  • What do you need to focus on changing?
  • What needs improvement?
  • Where will you make a difference?
  • How do you need to develop and grow?
  • What do you need to learn?
  • What is your bigger picture?

To keep it simple start with the initial questions about what to focus on now, and how to get ready for your return to work.

I’d love to know your thoughts.

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