My family and I recently returned from a family vacation at a beach in North Carolina. It was heavenly. What I found most appealing about this vacation was that I was able to leave my Blackberry in my room for hours at a time and just completely disconnect from the world, and all of my worries, deadlines, stresses…
My boys enjoyed their “downtime” mom, who wasn’t constantly checking email or making calls. I learned to let go and relax, really relax. Every time a thought about work came into my head, I dismissed it! Best vacation ever.
How about you? Are you able to take a vacation from your iPhone, your computer, your endless commitments at work?
I recently polled a bunch of friends and a few strangers as to whether they are able to completely disconnect and take a vacation. I got a variety of answers. Some of the responses alarmed me.
Many of those I talked to said they were able to partially disconnect, meaning they would check voice and emails in the mornings, spend time with their families and then check in again in the afternoon. A couple of people said they actually turned their electronics off all day and only checked them at night for emergencies dealing with family.
Then there were those individuals who said “time is money and clients don’t wait for me to get back from vacation.” One woman who has her own business, along with a husband and two small children, told me no, she has no time to disconnect during vacation. She clears a salary of about $350,000 a year and her husband is a lawyer. She said she looked at how much revenue she would lose if she took a week off of work and asked herself, “Is it really worth it.” Her answer was no.
Really? Taking time to focus and spend quality time with your children, your husband, is not worth losing one week’s worth of revenue?
Everyone has their priorities. I’d like to suggest we adopt the model of many European countries where companies pretty much shut down for the month of August and everyone goes on holiday. Sounds nice, huh?