Taking Time off to Recharge: No More Working on Vacation

27 Dec Taking Time off to Recharge: No More Working on Vacation


With all the technology available to us, it’s so easy to work while on vacation. We can bring laptops, tablets and even our smart phones to keep up on our business tasks. Whether it’s staying current on email or conducting full-fledged business, the temptation to keep working on your time off is really strong.

I’ve been guilty of this myself. I always bring my laptop with me when I go on vacation. I’m always itching to turn on the computer and get caught up (or at least avoid getting further behind). I’m even taking time to write a blog post about taking time off. Ironic, isn’t it?

It’s a good thing to proactively manage your time and stay on top of things. But it’s easy to take it so far that you’re constantly working when you’re supposed to be relaxing. This year while I’m away from home for our vacation, I’m actually taking time off to enjoy the vacation. This blog post is the only “real work” I’m doing this week. I’m even skipping my weekly podcast so I can spend a little more time with family.

Is this a bad business practice? Maybe. My listeners and readers deserve predictability and content delivered on a regular basis. Is this poor planning on my part? Probably. I could have planned farther ahead and had blog posts and podcast episodes scheduled for release while I was gone.

Is this a lesson learned? Yep. Will I continue to work while on vacation? Nope. I’m going to finish typing this post and get back to spending time with family. I may take some time later this week to filter through my emails, but for the rest of the week I’m done working and ready to relax.

Did you take time off to enjoy the holidays or did you work through them? Did you have a choice? Should I be working more or relaxing more? Share your thoughts and let me know what you think.

12 Comments
  • muse
    Posted at 09:46h, 28 December

    I think in this day and age of almost 24hr connectivity that it’s so important to switch off when you’re on holiday and not working. Everyone needs a break and if there’s something that you really need to keep an eye on while you’re on holiday then you obviously haven’t prepared enough or built in a suitable contingency.

  • Daniel
    Posted at 12:46h, 29 December

    I believe that taking a time off is always necessary. Nevertheless, it is nearly impossible for some people (for example, “myself”) being completely off line. Despite I am on vacation, I always must be doing something. For instance, I take my laptop to every where, and have some work before any enjoyment. I think resting is more pleasant in that way.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 10:06h, 30 December

      I tend to always be doing something too, Daniel. This year I tried really hard to not be constantly working all the time while on vacation.

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  • James Feudo
    Posted at 22:28h, 12 January

    With Smartphones, it makes it even more challenging to not take your work with you on vacation (or even to a holiday dinner). I’m one of those people that will write down an idea no matter where I am, but other than that, I try not to do any real work when it’s R&R time. I will check my email periodically during these times – mainly out of curiosity – but I won’t respond until I’m at my desk (unless it’s urgent).

    Great post,

    James
    http://blog.jvf.com

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      Posted at 21:38h, 13 January

      Ooh, that’s almost sacrilege – not responding to emails until you get back from vacation. I often do the same. It’s a way of simplifying – I check for urgent emails and try not to reply unless it’s really important.

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