I don’t quite know how it happened. My yearly six-week vacation ritual was in full-gear this year, but unlike previous years, work started to creep in. First, I needed to finish some things for my team. Then, I had to work on something for my clients. Next, I wanted to tie up some loose ends on a couple of projects so that I could set them in motion when I returned. Before I knew it my vacation was plagued with an unacceptable amount of work. Being someone who is very protective of boundaries, I realized that I had voluntarily broken down some of my own protective walls and was being invaded by work!
Is this happening to you? Has this happened to you? Unfortunately, these days an old-fashioned vacation — minus electronics and where you actually spend a considerable amount of time with loved ones—is a rarity. While at times our professional pursuits may require we spend some of our precious vacation time handling urgent matters, we must make sure we haven’t thrown in the towel and handed over the keys to our elusive time away from work-related endeavors.
So, what questions do you need to ask yourself? Consider:
What is the purpose of this time away?
What needs to happen for me to come back feeling a sense of accomplishment?
What do I need to adjust in my thinking to be able to plan a “work-free” vacation or zone?
Who will I need to connect with to help me support my desires?
What did I do? On the way to the airport, I popped out my calendar and scheduled one week per month for the next three months to prepare in advance for my vacations in the fall. I have two cruises planned that will definitely be NO work vacations. However, I have two other weeks that I have chosen to divide between vacations and work.
TIPS: Reflect on the insight you gain from answering the above questions. Share your insight with your loved ones for wider perspective. Plan a vacation that more clearly represents your values and goals.
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Donna Johnson-Klonsky, MBA - President, DJ Consulting Services, Inc.