I am SO EXCITED and am in SUCH a good mood because tomorrow Trevor and I leave for Clearwater Beach! It’s a much-needed vacation for the both of us. I worked my butt off balancing school, blogging and work, and Trevor has been working a crap ton of overtime to save for our wedding. I can’t wait to get away and enjoy some quality time together.
Most of you know this, but I have a really bad problem being present in the moment. I actually wrote a post about this last June and challenged myself to live more in the moment and less in the past or future. Although I do think I have improved with this, I’ve been thinking about how I really want this vacation to be exactly that; a vacation! The last few vacations we went on, I spent a lot of time worrying about my blog and school. Trevor and I have been so busy that lately it has become habitual for us to come home from work, eat in front of the TV, and be glued to our phones for a good chunk of the night. I want this vacation to be about us spending quality time together and bonding; not glued to technology. However, this is easier said than done, especially for the workaholic in me.
Ultimately, today’s post was inspired by setting goals for myself to be more present so I can enjoy my vacation.
5 Ground Rules to Set for the Workaholic While You Are On Vacation
1.) Let your clients/partners/employees know ahead of time that you will be unavailable
I treat my blog as a business, and when we went to New York City last May, I made the mistake of trying to keep up with my blog during my trip. I scheduled social media posts and blog posts in advance, and they were published while traveling. I was SO overwhelmed with tweets, Facebook comments, emails, etc. while I was trying to enjoy myself and relax. In addition, at the time I was partnering with another blogger and she kept emailing me all week asking questions about our collaboration. Not her fault at all- but I should have told her that I would be unavailable that week. So, if you plan on “getting away” …then actually do it! Tell people in advance that you won’t be available. That way, there will be nothing expected of you, and your anxiety level will decrease.
2.) Leave your laptop at home
I originally was going to bring my laptop “just to jot things down” at night before bed, but honestly- what’s the point? Doesn’t that defeat quality time spent together at night? Bringing your laptop with you will only encourage you to work. And if you are anything like me, bringing your laptop will give you anxiety and make you feel guilty for not working! Just LEAVE. IT. AT. HOME.
3.) Limit checking your email
Okay, so…I’m embarrassed to admit this but I check my email at least 50 times a day. It’s bad. At least twice an hour; I don’t even know why! For you, maybe this means not checking your email at ALL during your vacation. For me at least, I’m only going to check my email (via iPhone) at night or in the morning, not during the day!
4.) Log out of your social media accounts
I will be doing this for all of my accounts except for my Instagram, because I’m so excited to post my pictures of Florida! I have mild anxiety and OCD and there is nothing that drives me more insane than repeatedly clicking off notifications from Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Facebook and whatever the hell else I have. My advice for you: Just log out of it all! I’ve never done this before on vacation and I am BEYOND excited to just unplug.
5.) Plan ahead…or extend your deadlines
Honestly, I think the hardest part about not getting stuff done while on vacation is that I think about how much I have to do when I get home. It’s SO important to either extend your deadlines or plan ahead and get everything done before you leave. Trust me, you’ll thank me later for this. Nothing is worse than that sinking feeling that there is a pile of things to do waiting for you when you get home.
And remember…you’re really not as important as you think you are. The world will keep spinning even if you are MIA for a week! 😉
So, now it’s time to practice what I preach! This will be my last post for a good week and a half, friends! I need this little blogging break. I love you all, but it’s time to focus on myself and Trevor! I can’t wait to share with you my pictures and stories after my trip. I won’t be blogging but I’ll still be keeping up with my Instagram, so you can follow me along there!
Have a wonderful week!
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