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TRAVEL TIPS: how to switch OFF when on vacation

A number of colleagues have taken a week or extended week long break with the Eid Mubarak holidays. Needless to say some were still hooked-up 24/7, while others had no qualms ‘switching off’.

Debates and defense were exchanged over the Jura coffee machine

One thing was clear: For the sake of our sanity it is a good idea to take a break from work, but with the invention of the smart phone the idea of a break is becoming redefined.

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Phone-Addiction-Checking

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I for one have always struggled with this concept of ‘switching off’. There are three reasons I struggle switching off.

  1. I {used to} love what I do 
  2. I {do} work for myself and own an online business {in addition to the supposedly 9-5 paid employment, which is in reality a 60-80 hour work week}
  3. I am {dammit} a workaholic – there, I said it!

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here are my top 5 tips to myself on how to “switch off” over the holidays

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ONE: Prepare for your break

Two parts here: The first which is really a ha ha – whom am I kidding?!? category involves completing all work tasks before taking off. This minimises the anxiety of coming back to an Everest pile of work – most of which is about replying redundant and non-crucial/ urgent work emails, by then.

The second is really more do-able and realistic. It simply involves being bossy; i.e. prepare you clients for your break and push back any work or commitments and expectations that will occur during your period of absence. Also, delegate work out – it’s really developmental for the rest who takes on your tasks, and frankly, goes to proof the point that no one is indispensable …

The extend to which you flex your muscle on option two depends on how financially (and perhaps emotionally) dependent you are to your job on hand.

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TWO: Set your own PERSONAL boundaries 

Use your break to disconnect. Let people know that you won’t be available. Not in person. Not via phone. Not via email … BBM, Whatsapp, … and by what-ever-means. Set up an auto-responder to inform on your status and expected availability.

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THREE: {# TWO} … and stick to it 

Sure, you may get that one important life-and-death call … so you can’t turn off your phone.

Heck, you’re addicted to Candy Crush, or Facebook or Twitter and have a personal life on the web that goes beyond work, and you’d like to stay connected there. 

Fine. Leave the phone on.

But one way to spend less time looking at it and breaking rule #TWO on your own is to spend less time by switching off push notifications for unimportant or unrelated things.What works for me best, even when not on vacation, is to set a time every day to check my emails, my RSS feeds and other social networking feeds. For the latter two, that’s often in traffic or during moments of micro-boredom as I wait for something/ someone or the other…

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FOUR: schedule appointments with your non-vacationing self

If you really must work during your break, like above, the concept is to schedule it, time it, keep to it.

Work in burst of 2-hour time allocation over a period of a few days with total time off in between, rather than a whole day. This will increase your effectiveness and focus.

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FIVE: get out of the satellite radar

This is really for the hopeless; i.e. those without self discipline at all! Those who have let their smartphones take over their lives and have turned into hopelessly inept in face-to-face social skills.

Get yourself out there. Yes, there, where  there is zilt connectivity … where having fire, water, food and a warm blanket is all you crave for! I’m not kidding you … life has never been simpler {and not wanting to be a hypocrite: TOUGH}

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I’m off in 12-1/2 days time for 18 days …

whooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

 

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One comment on “TRAVEL TIPS: how to switch OFF when on vacation

  1. office phone system
    August 19, 2013

    I usually do this when I’m on a vacation. but before this I’ll inform everyone of my colleagues that I will be on a vacation and I can not be contacted because I am leaving my business phone.

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