Disconnecting on Vacation

In a world where everyone is connected with phones, tablets, and computers 24/7, we have grown accustomed to non-stop access. When you go on vacation do you stay connected? It is tough not to.
We have grown so accustomed to the always available mindset, that the thought of turning off our phones for just an hour is stressful. We are not even to the decade mark for the consumer branded smart phone that revolutionized the world. Was this a good thing? Today I talk about the importance of being disconnected.
I strive to be an all-star employee. I want to be able to assist my organization 24/7 365 days a year. It is not uncommon for me to reply to emails at 11PM or later, sometimes at the expense of family time. Where do we draw the line? In todays post, I discuss reasons why you have to disconnect to excel.
Rest and relaxation are key to survival. Americans on average work more than most of the world. When you get the freedom to go on vacation, take time to enjoy it. You only get so many chances in life to make memories and enjoy being yourself.

6 Things I do on vacation to disconnect.

  1. Turn off all email, with exception of my private personal email that only my close friends and family have. (Auto-responders are a must)
  2. Turn off Twitter and Facebook notifications to reduce the temptation to constantly check them.
  3. Delegate projects or tasks to a capable person so you won’t be constantly worrying about them
  4. Have someone hold you accountable.
  5. Check-in periodically to ensure nothing is on fire.
  6. Plan fun things to do with your friends or family so that you’re engaged and not worrying about being connected.
And if none of those work for you, throw your phone in the water and worry about it when you get home.

Question: What are some things you do on vacation to disconnect? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Disney Vacation Josh Ball Disconnected
Ok ok, my Disney vacation this year was very connected, I loved the MyDisneyExperience app. But this connection was a pleasure and benefited my relaxation!

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