tim sanders posted this about four years ago, but i thought of it immediately when i embarked on a rituals of summer-vacation-taking week.
one of the rituals of taking a vacation used to be coming back to an email inbox that you imagined would be chock full and would require several hours to deal with. now, you don't have to imagine it because you can just-real-quick check your work email from vacation on your fabulous smartphone, and you already know what's awaiting you when you return. in fact, you've probably half-heartedly dealt with some of it during vacation. and you've certainly thought about one or two items, whether you've responded to them or not.
i like tim sanders' idea for managers, co-workers, and clients:
when I worked at yahoo, i put my employee’s vacation days into my calendar to remind me to leave them off threads or bcc/ccs. when there was an email that they would eventually need to see or be copied on (when they got back), i would part [sic] it in the draft folder, then send all of them the day they returned.
i'm going to try it. i'm going to put emails to people who are on vacation in a draft folder and send them when they return. it sounds to me like a kind ritual to put in place.