What does “vacation” mean to YOU?
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In the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, “vacation” is defined as
“a period of several days or weeks spent away from work or school etc., used esp. for recreation and travel; a holiday.”
A growing number of executives and small business owners rarely, if ever, take a vacation.” quote=”A growing number of executives and small business owners rarely, if ever, take a vacation. At least not in the traditional sense, where they go away (or stay at home) to just relax or do some projects around the house. Instead, they bring along their laptops, tablets and/or smartphones so they can stay on top of their email, even if it’s only for half an hour a day.
I know someone who took a vacation week during the summer, but she didn’t go away. In fact, she didn’t even stop working. Instead, she made herself unavailable to clients, and used the time to focus on some writing projects for her own business.
Although I haven’t booked a summer vacation every year since I started my business, whenever I have, it’s been work-free. I love my work, but it’s always great to be able to just relax and enjoy my surroundings and the company of my family.
I’m able to do that by taking two simple steps:
- notifying my regular clients well in advance that I won’t be available during that time
- putting an “out of office” message on my email and voicemail, letting people know who to contact if they need anything while I’m away
My associate knows how to reach me in case of emergency, so I don’t have to worry about a thing!
The first time I took a vacation from my business, I discovered that the world didn’t fall apart because I wasn’t there to manage things. And it wasn’t because business was slow – in fact the months before and after that week were some of the busiest I’ve ever had.
What are your vacation plans? Will you travel or stay at home? Will you check messages, work on your business, or go for complete R&R?
This post was originally published on From the Desk of Janet Barclay in 2008 and has been updated for Your Organizing Business.