Sorry no not your vacation time but your co-workers. Vacation time can be a stressful time for everyone in the office. Having to pick up a co-workers tasks during this time can become overwhelming. In these times there is always a strategy you can follow to help you stay on top of things so you don’t fall behind.
Start off by identifying yours and your co-workers priorities. Remain focused on must do priorities. Write down low priorities that way they are not forgotten and can be handled once resource levels are back to normal.
Delegate, delegate, delegate around the office don’t over do it and try to handle everything yourself. Find out what everyone in the office is doing to see if they can take some of your load. For example if you have a meeting to go to but another co-worker is going have them update you on the meeting so you can work on something else. Asking for help is always an option. Outside help might be an option, temporary worker or a vendor may be able to handle some of your tasks. Help is always there you just have to find it.
Another thing to take into account is how long is this vacation 1-2 weeks. You could stay late or skip lunch but don’t abuse it. Truth is you need all your energy to be able to handle all the extra work. Skipping lunch for 2 weeks will take it’s tole on you. Organize and plan to get things done while giving yourself the time to take a brief stretch around the office or a nice walk outside.