Hey there friends! It’s Monday, the start of the week, and also the first day of my vacation. I don’t know about you guys, but the one thing I love to do on vacation is sleep in. Am I right?! No corporate job waiting for me this week. Well, the problem with that is that my little biological clock (and my iPhone alarms) said uh-uh, girl! You’re still getting up at 6am! Seriously? How could I have forgotten to turn off my freaking alarm? Oh, I remember why it was because I drank 3/4 of a bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio on my first “official” night of vacation the night before. Some of you might be saying, how irresponsible! The reality is, I am on vacation and this week is going to be filled with wine, probably every single night. I may even throw in some of those fru-fru, girly frozen drinks with the little umbrella in them, which will be delivered to me, poolside! It’s vacation, I will do me, you do you, girl. So needless to say, after I was rudely awakened by that relentless beeping, I smacked that snooze button hard and went back to sleep for a couple of hours. At 8:30am I made my way to the pool with my coffee in hand and my cute, sleepy husband by my side and thanked God for the day and the beginning of my vacation. It was lovely!
Vacation, it’s the best. The time you set aside for yourself to relax, spend time with family, and not worry about all the things (work, school, blogging) that you left behind. Wrong. Not this girl. By 9:00am my laptop was already out and I was working on assignments that I needed to complete for school this week. Did I mention I am completing my MBA and I am literally three classes away from graduation? I’m so ready to be done! Don’t get me wrong, I love school. If I could be a career student, I would. I love learning and being challenged all the time. I think it keeps me on my toes and will hopefully keep me from losing my mind when I’m old. Keeps me sharp, you know? The problem with this is that I don’t know when to stop. I have a need to constantly be doing something. I feel like that is normal for most people nowadays. No one can just sit and enjoy the silence. It’s always computers, iPhones, Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, insert next social media platform here, craziness. And I get it. We are all so connected all of the time, that it is difficult to unplug, disconnect, and unwind. As I sit here writing (on my laptop), my 82-year old grandmother, my husband, and both the kids are all on their own devices. It is difficult to manage and it’s also difficult to stop. At our house, we have a “no electronic devices” rule at dinner. That is a time for us to have a conversation with one another about our day and discuss the plans we have for the week. If you haven’t instituted a similar policy in your home, I would suggest it. It will be challenging at first, but I promise, it will be worth it. I would suggest limiting your family’s “screen time” as well. The iPhone’s most recent update just provided the user with a “screen time” report for the week. As a parent, it would be a good idea to monitor this screen time, for yourself and for your kids. Make a game out of it. Whoever spends the least amount of time on their device for the week gets to pick a special dinner or picks the game for the family game night. Just do something to help get your family to spend time with each other (no devices allowed)!
So now that we have set some limits, let me make one thing clear when it comes to working on vacation: DON’T DO IT! You deserve time away from work. We all deserve a break from what we do for a living. Remember what I said about being too busy making a living, to live your life? That would apply in this situation.
Limiting screen time is important, but so is limiting time spent concerning yourself with work issues. Guess what? You know all that work you left behind on your desk? It will definitely be there when you get back. Don’t worry about it. While on vacation you should put an out of office message on your email and unlink your work email from your phone. This will ensure you won’t be tempted to answer emails while you are trying to enjoy your time away from work. Now, I am a total hypocrite because I have been answering work emails all day, however, this is a “Do as I say moment, not as I do”. I have to get better at limiting my work time while on vacation, but up until a week ago, I was a Human Resources department of one for the last twelve years. Fortunately, I was able to hire a fantastic team member last week and she has been handling a lot already and especially since I have been out of the office. (Quick shout out, THANK YOU girl, from the bottom of my heart. You know who you are). So now that I have someone looking out for my employee’s and my company’s best interests while I am out, I have no reason to be constantly connected to work. Go ahead, I will hold your wine will you disconnect your work email from your phone. You can do it! Your boss said they support your time away from work!
Now that you have some words of wisdom on screen time, work time, and vacation time, I want you to really make a plan for how to handle those things in your life. Remember to set your boundaries. You need to be able to enjoy your time on this Earth, It is finite and not guaranteed to last any longer than today. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Enjoy your families, wine, and good food. I am thankful to each of you who have given my blog a chance! I will be signing off for the rest of the week. Happy Thanksgiving and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, just enjoy your week and make time for your family.