It is the time of year when we wind down a little bit.  This is when it is essential to reconnect and maybe even take a true vacation. Finally, we can get away from work, emails, and phone calls long enough to enjoy life a little.

A True Vacation Recharges You

We all have energy levels that ebb and flow.  Likewise, they also tend to decrease over time when we do not incorporate enough rest.  Therefore, we sometimes need more extended rest periods, and a good night of sleep is not enough.  That is where a vacation comes in.  We can unplug, recharge, and find meaningful rest and recovery during a true vacation.

The Pseudo Vacation

The more typical approach to time off in the modern world is a pseudo vacation.  That is where you technically are off of work but still check emails and may even attend some meetings.  While it is helpful to have those partial days, it will not give you the chance to recharge completely.  You will still have concerns, some work-related stress, and a calendar to keep an eye on.  There is a big difference when you wake up in the morning and have nothing on your plate that has to be done.  That is the mark of a true vacation.

Full Of Activity Or None

Note that we can do things during our vacation.  We just want to avoid work-related items. So go ahead and plan that trip to Disney World that is full of fun and entertainment.  Just make sure you avoid scheduling it around some meetings and emails to return.

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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