Vacations don’t have to be about getting away from work. Seth Godin has said “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” I think that’s a terrible way to think about vacations and work. Sure, I get what he’s saying that you should be doing what you love so you don’t feel the need to escape. Or even set up your life so you can work, travel and live anywhere you want. Come on, we all can’t do that. We have family, friends, clients and people who need us here.
No matter how much I love what I do, I like to step away from that and take a breath. I enjoy traveling and would love to do it more if I was somehow independently wealthy. But those vacations aren’t about escape, at least not for me. Those vacations allow me to not just re-charge but also gain new experiences that will influence my life. They also remind me why I’m doing what I’m doing and how much I love it… how much I need to get back at it and keep working. Life isn’t all about work, even if you enjoy your work, you need to shake up your routine every once in a while. Sometimes getting away from the desk is that change in perspective that you needed for your next creative breakthrough.
So don’t feel bad if you’re thinking about planning a vacation or taking some time off. A week or two here and there isn’t going to put a huge dent in your overall goal.