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Starting tomorrow, summer vacations will be in full swing (if they haven't already started). Every year, I take a summer vacation to a remote cabin taking advantage of the lack of internet signal and forcing my mind to shut down about my never-ending, to-do list. I find that my annual 'R&R break' is essential to my well-being both in and out of the office. But, the guilt I feel when I return is overwhelming. While I am away, my fellow colleagues are picking up the slack.
My question - Are you able to take a REAL vacation this summer without feeling guilty?
It may not be possible to take a vacation without any guilt, but you shouldn't feel guilty for taking time for yourself. It is just hard to get over the mindset of constantly being accessible 24/7.
I think it is critical to take a vacation and just get away from work. I find that I get a bit stressed before vacation in trying to get everything set up and taken care of when I am gone, but then I tune out! I think a work-life balance is hard to achieve but it has been really critical for me and I have worked very hard to have a good balance. Ten years ago, I was a stressed out lawyer and I realized I was just not happy. I've since changed that and part of it involves vacations and really getting away and forgetting about the office! I still do think of work things sometimes while away, but I can't let them consume me.
This is a timely post as I am preparing to go on a one week vacation. I am in the process of documenting any work that needs to be accomplished, so my manager can keep tabs on my on-going projects without getting overwhelmed... I think vacations are essential for your own well-being as well as your family's health. I also think you should not feel guilty for taking time off from work. Try to be cognizant of any "pressing" work needs when scheduling vacations, but also realize that if you don’t purposefully set time aside for vacation, your work needs will just take over.
Yes, some time for yourself is not appreciable ... its essential !