With Summer finally here, many of us are thinking about a vacation and planning trips to the beach, sight-seeing, and visiting relatives. But are these going to be true vacations where you unplug from your work and focus on family and fun? Peter Vajda on the Management-Issues blog discusses the reasons so many people no longer leave work behind when they go on vacation. Some are afraid their job won't be there when they get back and that's understandable. But really, is there anything more sad than someone missing an incredible sunset in an exotic land because they're busy yakking on their phone about this month's financial report? No. Been there, done that, and I cry when I see the shirt.
I agree with Peter when he says that "The upsetting fallout of living in a "vacation is work" world is sacrificing one's personal sense of independence and the abdication of precious healthy, rejuvenating, soulful and relaxing time."
Click here for Peter's post and leave your work behind the next time you're on vacation.
I have started taking baby steps toward a real vacation by leaving the iPhone, iPad, and iBook off and in my home office for one day of the weekend. Feels quite strange and I like it.