On Christmas Day, I turned my Blackberry off as I boarded a flight from Grand Rapids to Ft. Lauderdale. The four of us (Kat, Tori, Alex & I) were off for a week of relaxation, sun, scuba and fun in Key West. The next day, we used the phone once to set up a lunch and then to find our girls on the beach, and then I turned it off with no intention of even thinking about it for the rest of the week.
I brought my trusty Toshiba netbook with me, but only used it to do a mapquest and check diving conditions. For the first time in – well, maybe ever – I totally unplugged my business side for an entire week.
Finally, ten days later, driving to a client location on January 4, the phone went back on and the list of messages (email and voice) was lengthy. Some were thought to be emergencies when they were left, but everyone survived, no projects derailed, and I could just smile…
Try this on your next vacation. As I found out, not only will you benefit, but your family will feel they finally have you – and your full attention – and that will be reward enough.