Coming back from a vacation can be brutal. Tons of emails, phone calls, faxes, bills and mail await you back at your home and on your desk. Over the past few years, I’ve taken to keeping my cell phone connected to my email and office phone to help lighten the load. I always prefer coming back to a clean inbox and on past vacations and tools such as the iPhone have made it easy to stay on top of a decent amount of the workload without taking away from the time off.
This year, there was a curveball… my wife has taken to renting houses on Vacation Rentals By Owner in lieu of a hotel and this year we decided to rent a house on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, NC. The house was incredible and the trip was perfect, with one minor exception: there was no internet and barely any cell signal. There was no way that I was going to be able to accomplish what I would normally do over vacation without detracting from the trip. So I did something out of character… I unplugged.
I wish I had a great big point to this post, I wish I could tell you that my desk was not a mess when I came back to the office and most of all I wish I could tell you that there wasn’t a pile of bills to pay upon my return. All I can do is emphatically suggest you go out of your way to do the same, but if you have suggestions about ways to unplug, I’d love to hear them!
The week was far more refreshing than other trips where I force myself to keep up to date. Sure the next few days will be rough, but I found my battery to be very recharged when I finally put the plug back in.