Taking Time

I’m really bad at taking time away. I mean real time away where I’m completely out of touch and can fully recharge – not the run away for a long weekend but bring your laptop with you kind of away. I need to get better at this – it’s not fair to my wife and daughter and it’s not fair to me. Brad is very consistent about taking real time off – he and his wife take one week a quarter where they go away and completely relax. I need to follow their example more.

My wife and daughter and I are going to do just that for the rest of the week and into next week. We’ll be soaking up the rays and relaxingtogether. And no – I’m not bringing my laptop with me . . .

  • Dave Jilk

    Don’t forget that to really, fully recharge you may need to leave both the laptop and the daughter at home. A wise friend of mine once distinguished between a “vacation” and a “trip” — the latter being when you bring the kids and/or when you visit relatives. In a real vacation, the whole point is to reduce your set of responsibilities to eating and remembering your room key…

  • Anything I do that is fun is a vacation. By that measure I’ve spent most of my life on vacation. On the other hand, having nothing to do for 48 hours or more would be more like solitary confinement. Not really fun, more something to get past. I had a spring spent in south eastern Oklahoma that was kind of like that–definately not a vacation.