How do you unplug when you’re on vacation? Do you go into self-care mode and let everything go that was business related? I feel like this is a question I wish I’d asked all of you a few weeks ago!
Can you step away from work completely? Do you turn off your email notifications? If not, do you respond to your client’s needs while you’re away, recharging? Are you following up on a client’s alterations that are due while you’re gone?
And then what about social media? Are you walking around the cathedrals of Spain or spending time in a museum in Scotland all the while thinking about your Instagram or Facebook business page post the next day? It’s like you’re still engaged with your customers even though you’ve told yourself you’re taking some down time and engaging with family, a parter, your creativity or your heart.
Is it possible to really take time off?
Taking time off from our business is not as easy as it used to be. I remember when all it meant was changing the message on the home office answering machine back when we all had landlines. Maybe I’d let certain clients know that I’d be gone and then I’d board the plane.
Now there are blog posts that I regularly post, social media that I regularly post. When there are comments, I want to respond to them. All of that is part of being engaged with our business today. We’re serving our clients and our Internet communities as well.
So when you’re on vacation, are you still keeping up that pace? I have some pals on Instagram who are taking photos during the whole trip in order to feed their Insta feeds. Their followers are truly following them everywhere!
I don’t have answers to these questions, but I am really ready to explore the question.
Having to sort this out myself
I’m going away for a few days to Santa Fe. I told myself I’d get blog posts done ahead of time so I wouldn’t be writing while I was gone but I’d still be keeping to the schedule. Well, I didn’t get ahead and now I’m wondering just how much I’ll let that bother me. I do have one or two things scheduled and after that, I think I’m going to have to face letting go.
This is an experiment. I’m going to feel it out. I’m going to a place I absolutely love. You can’t help but go to the Southwest and feel like you’re in some sort of paradise. I am constantly taking pictures no matter what so I know I won’t cut that out. When I come home will I use some of them in potential blog posts? Oh, I’m sure I will!
I know our business page is different than our friends and family Facebook pages. Scheduling posts on the business Facebook page is easy and can be done ahead of time using the Publishing Tool at the top of your Facebook business page. I just walked through this process with a coaching client and she was thrilled. So that’s set.
I am doing one thing that is radical for me: I’m not bringing a single book or magazine on fashion. I have two short memoirs with me, one by Ruth Reichl and the other by Patti Smith. I’m putting the focus on things I love besides image consulting. I can be consumed by all things fashion and now I plan to be consumed by all things Nature, history, and beauty.
An MMBer weighed in
Tonight on our Monthly Marketing Bundle strategy call with members, one of the members talked about her trip to Italy. She did something different; she didn’t go shopping. She was with other people who weren’t that keen on shopping to begin with so she decided to not do any of that on her trip. She made it a profession-free trip. I think there were a few people on the call who found that pretty remarkable considering our profession and how we like to feast our eyes on fashion from other cities and countries. I admire her for making that line in the sand and sticking to it.
She’ll be my North Star as I figure out how to leave my work behind as much as possible. I’m not going for perfection. I’m just going to observe myself and check in to see if my mind is coming back to clients and thinking about my business through my social media eyes. Oh gosh, I hate to admit what just flashed through my mind. I was saying to you, “I’ll keep you posted on Facebook and let you know how I manage.”
Oh, boy, this might be rough!
Do you have some guidelines? I’d LOVE to hear from you! Please share!