Vacation: Going off the grid (or not)
Taking the week off to lounge around the pools and beaches of St. Martin with the family. A foreign island like this offers the chance to go off the grid at least a little bit. In my instance, I’ve turned off my iPhone – both phone and data plans – mostly because the fees are excessive. That said, the two places we have stayed both offer WiFi which we have taken advantage of pretty extensively – from reviewing places to go, to checking on the tragedy in Boston, to yes, a little bit of work.
I guess the difference in this approach is the time off feels like it is on my terms. Both because my phone is off – literally – and because I have chosen to deliberately ignore my email most of the day – checking only once or twice daily. And even when answering a question or signing off on something, I am intentionally not inserting myself into the conversation.
The other major difference, is my new partner. Feeling comforted that a broad stroke of issues can be handled or even progressed while I am away is, well, comforting. Of course, there were plenty of folks to help with this in the past (including a terrible illness), but none with as much exposure to all facets if the business.
The bottom line, in my humble opinion, barring some extreme travel situations where you can’t even reach the grid, and with some good preparation before hand (i.e. a lousy week of double work prior) that gets you out of the critical path of issues, there is no need to go off the grid. In fact, the handiness of access to the Internet allows you to write quick posts like this one! And to assuage your guilt and/or anxiousness about not checking in on work (at least so much).
So, on that note, off to snorkel.