Everyone needs a vacation sometimes, and when you are on vacation, you want to make sure you treasure every moment (especially in the uncertain times we live in). Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of every second of your time away.

  1. Be present. Try as much as possible to leave work at work and be where you are with your loved ones. Those emails and phone calls can wait until you get back or your back up can take care of them. Be in the moment and enjoy.
  2. Go somewhere without WiFi. If you absolutely cannot stay away from your emails, texts, or phone calls, plan your vacation somewhere you do not have access to those things. High in the mountains, under the ocean, or somewhere else you can get away from it all.
  3. Avoid talking about work. I know it’s hard. Work is the majority of your time, but when you are on vacation, talk to your loved ones about something else! Talk about the scenery, talk about the food, talk about whatever comes into your mind!
  4. If you can, leave your phone somewhere you do not have to think about it. Personally, I like going on cruises for this very reason. I don’t pay extra to have the WiFi package or international calling, so my phone goes into the safe on the first day of the trip and doesn’t come out until the last day.

I know some of these seem silly, but I promise it will make your vacation feel more like a vacation if you are fully present in the moment and not constantly thinking about the office. Forget about the Monday grind, forget about those emails and meetings; instead, think of what fun you can have with your family and friends where you are!

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