When you are on vacation, do you:
– Call to check in with your boss or a coworker to see how things are going?
– Check your work email more than once a day? (Blackberry or webmail)
– Log on to your remote desktop or VPN server to work on something “only for a few minutes?”
If you answered “yes” to one or more of those questions, you are a vacation hypocrite.
Don’t feel bad, I fully admit to breaking all of those rules. Hell, half the time I don’t even take a full week’s vacation. I only take a day here, or a few days there. However, this has recently changed for me.
I’ll never stop being one of those people who wants to be a part of the action at work. I’m constantly in the know and I pride myself on being able to tackle anything that’s thrown at me.
The more time I spend in the workforce, the more I realize how important it is to take vacation time. Sometimes, we just need a mental break from work to prevent the possibility of burning out. Taking a vacation doesn’t mean you have to venture out to some island where there’s no cellphone signal to connect to. If anything, a vacation is a way to collect yourself and enjoy a few indulgences during your time off so you can go back to work refreshed and ready to once again perform your best.
I am not against checking in, emailing or working on something, especially if it’s requested of you by a superior. But don’t put yourself out there like you’re looking for something to do. You’ve earned your vacation, so live it up for a week. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.
Name one thing you can do to have a more restful and enjoyable time off. Call it a “vacation indulgence.” My vacation indulgence is sleeping in. I don’t get to very often, even on weekends, but when I’m on vacation I make sure my alarm clock is off before entering dreamland.
At the very least, do something, anything to give you a sense of peace and relaxation at least once a day for as long as your schedule will allow you. I realize many people take off from work simply to complete other tasks that are not work related. But think of it this way…the last thing you want to do is arrive back to work tired or feeling like you never left.