You Need a Vacation!
Ancillary issue: E-mail. Do you check it on vacation or wait until you get back? If you check it, you won’t have a mountain of messages upon return. That's the thinking, anyway. The downside is that doing so stimulates your brain and counteracts the effects of vacation. Try, try, try to leave your e-mail account closed. Yes, you will have a lot to deal with when you get back, but the state of bliss you will find, the reconnection with your spouse and family, and the memories you will create far outweigh any inconvenience.
Oh, and wait until you are back in the office before you start checking messages and calling clients. Your Norman Rockwell painting should not depict you talking on the phone. Stay present to your children and spouse! Stay in your happy place.
We crazy Americans work very hard. It’s rather like being the conductor of a train that is going 100 miles an hour. Life is full. Business is all-consuming. It will be difficult at first to truly go on vacation. It takes three full days before you can pull the train into the station and stop. Trust that your staff and co-workers can handle things. You need the rest. You need the break. Take it.
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