In the May 2013 edition of From My Perspective the question was – “are you actually going to take a vacation or will you just be working away from the office?”
So how did you do? Successful at not taking calls from the office? How many work e-mails did you respond to while on vacation? When you didn’t take the call or respond to the email did you feel compelled to respond if they texted?
My scorecard: Very well. Surprisingly, yes. Zero, really! Absolutely, just couldn’t stop myself. I didn’t get a full week away from the office as we had to fit in trips for two college graduations (woo hoo!) and a week of Girl Scout Camp for my wife and two daughters so maybe my test was a little easier. Shorter time away than I would have liked but I did return feeling genuinely recharged.
So with the family vacation season behind us perhaps I can at least get better at not checking email on the Blackberry every time a new one arrives. Or maybe at least not checking it while with others, I don’t know, maybe? The real test for me is with September baseball in full swing and playoff positions hanging in the balance can I stop checking MLB.COM while with my family and friends? Go REDS!