Before you laugh, it actually does make sense to take it on vacation. I can watch movies on it, look up local attractions, get directions, etc. Plus, I keep up with news and personal communication with it too.
I actually feel unprepared without my laptop. Go figure.
Problem is, it’s ever-so-easy to get some work done while I have a few minutes. I think we all dread the 500 unread messages waiting in our inboxes when we get back from vacation. So, why not ease your mind a bit and plow through a few while you have a moment free.
Oh wait, apparently that’s what vacation is for, i.e. free time, or so I was reminded.
This problem isn’t easily solved by leaving the laptop home anymore, since my iPhone allows me to bring all the same stuff with me, albeit in smaller and slower formats. These limitations do slow me down though. The only real solution is to put me somewhere remote with no access.
You’ve probably heard the term staycation, so I’m coining a new one, the workcation.
Workcations are a problem that’s worse at tech companies, assuming employees can actually take vacation time at all (not if you want to work for Jason Calacanis) and even more so for people who work from home (like me) who already have work/personal life boundary issues.
Making it easy to work also has the undesirable effect of making it hard to relax.
What do you think? Do you have workcations, or can you leave it all at the office? Any tips on how to leave it all behind and relax? Please find the comments. My wife will thank you.