People have different expectations from vacations. The “retreat” camp want isolation – complete separation and respect for their privacy. I’d say I fall into the “extended leash” sect. I’m just looking for some time and a break from the ordinary. I assume my clients want answers in a reasonable timeframe. If it means putting a pool-side nap on hold for a two-minute call and then I return to my snooze, so be it.
We can’t predict all emergencies or even uncomfortable situations that our clients just want to feel better about. Why make them wait a week to settle their nerves? Besides, I find it comforting to put someone at ease with a quick answer. Any working relationship involves give-and-take. Its a luxury to be able to get away from the office for a week or two. Other luxuries we’ve come to expect are the personal call during the day, “running a little late” in the morning, and other instances of getting a very human benefit-of-the-doubt from the people we work for and with.
So here I sit. I’m writing a blog post on vacation after having spent an hour or so working remotely and answering emails. The day is young and I feel like I’ve gotten a lot done. The peace of mind in having done so is the vacation payback. I don’t need to brag of a streak of days not working to make myself feel good. I can be cleansed of pressure in minutes with the right mindset. Vacation is just being in the right place to let that happen. Having modern tools and communications to be able to do this is a marvel!