(This post originally appeared in FastCompany.com 8/15/12. Not only did it inspire many interesting comments from readers, but subsequently, I received a number of “out of office” response emails where the sender said they were on vacation and declaring “email bankruptcy” upon return.
The best part was that, in a couple of messages, the sender had embedded this post to explain how they were trying to disconnect from work and take a true break. Maybe we’ve started a movement!)
How do you take vacation and then actually disconnect from work when you are away? These are two of the most consistent and, seemingly intractable, including me. But, I’m proud to say that I just completed my first vacation in years where I almost totally disconnected from email (99%) and didn’t engage at all on any of my blogs, Facebook, or Twitter for two weeks.
Not only did I survive this true break from work, but I feel more energized and focused than I have after most of my previous days off.
How did I do it? I used three simple vacation tactics–day blocking, email bankruptcy, and social media fasting. I explain each tactic below. But first, you might be interested in finding out what finally motivated me, after countless failed attempts, to figure out how to truly separate from work for a few days. (Click here for more)
(Image from FastCompany.com: Flickr user Brian Uhreen)