Interestingly enough, I live in a resort city, and snowbirds come here on vacation. It seems I can barely go to the local Starbucks without meeting someone I’ve never met before, from some exotic and faraway place. Having been to every single city in the United States by way of motor home over a seven year period, I’ve been a lot of places, however, every once in a while I meet someone from a rather interesting place with an interesting story to tell.
In the last few weeks, I’ve met several people who were on vacation, but they were also making them a work vacation, and trying to get some business related project done of theirs. One individual admitted to me that they didn’t take any other personal tech devices with them, and even asked me for directions, because they had left their iPad and smart phone at home. They just didn’t want anyone to contact them from work, because they were strategizing and coming up with new ideas and plans to help in their company. This made it awkward to get around town and find things, but they said it was heavenly not having the minute to minute barrage of incessant information flow from work.
They did admit that they were having a challenge because all of their information flow had stopped, and now couldn’t believe how much free time they had even when they were intensely working on this special business project of theirs. Indeed, I met another individual, who was on vacation, and he did take some of personal tech productivity tools from work with him, when he tried to get away to work on a project, but he was flustered and frustrated because folks that he’d been consulting with at work were asking him what to do, because they were at a loss while he was out of the picture. Such is the challenge of management?
This individual had told me after I asked him; “why are you thinking so hard, ” because he looked perplexed – that the folks at work were launching a new project, and they had their priorities all messed up, and in the wrong order. In other words, it could turn into a disaster if he didn’t help them fix the problem. Worse, he was on vacation, and he was trying to get some work done on his own. He just didn’t have time for this. I mentioned that another person I’d met left all their personal tech devices at home when they went on their productivity work vacation.
He indeed also thought that was a great idea, and wished that he’d done just that himself. Therefore, maybe you should consider all this and think on it if you need to get out of the office and away to get some solid and productive working and thinking time in on some important project you must complete.