How to unplug during vacation
With the increasing use of Smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices, it’s not always so easy to unplug and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Having email and other means of communication at our fingertips 24/7 is especially making it more difficult to stay away from work while we're on vacation. According to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s annual Internet Trends report, the average American checks their phone 150 times a day. So how do you fight the temptation to power on your laptop or take out your phone while you’re supposed to be enjoying your time off?
U.S. News recently listed out the best ways to get the most out of your vacation and how to relax without all of the distractions from technology. With just a little planning ahead and sticking to your word, you’ll be able to spend your time off stress-free.
Before you leave, the first thing you’ll need to do is plan with your manager about how your work will be managed while you’re away. This will leave both you and your boss confident that your time off won’t negatively impact your organization. The earlier you have this conversation, the better.
You’ll also need to set expectations and stick to them. Get your “out of office” e mail and customized voicemail ready before you leave. In the messages, you should include the dates you’ll be away and when you’ll return, as well as who to contact if it is an urgent matter. Program the messages and stick to your word – don’t sign on at all while you’re away.
If you’re wondering how you’re going to be able to survive without the other benefits from technology, such as taking pictures on your iPhone, or reading a book on your Kindle, turn to old alternatives instead. Bring a digital camera to take photos so you don’t need to take out your phone too often, and bring books and magazines instead of using a reading device with Internet access.
You should also wear a watch so you don’t feel the need to check your phone for the time. According to the Internet Trends report, one of the top three reasons people use their phones is to check the time.