It's holiday time for many families and a good opportunity to 'unplug' on your vacation. While it seems almost impossible in today's hyper-connected world, if you're planning to go off the grid for a while, here are some essential tips for beginner and advanced level:
Beginner Level - Minimal Contact
Prep colleagues for your absence and make a list of true emergencies that merit interrupting your vacation.
Check mails and messages once or twice a day only at set times - resist the temptation to check your phone during the day.
Schedule one or two check-in times during your vacation with a coworker to call for brief but productive updates.
Be careful with data cost in unfamiliar places - use WIFI or buy a local data SIM - don't get hit with high roaming cost!
Advanced Level - Completely Disconnect
Leave out-of-office messages explaining that you’ll be completely off-line until your return; provide a backup contact in case there’s an urgent request.
Go to a place without any internet connectivity. There are still a few left - here are some to consider.
Leave your Laptop at home and phone off. Be ready to cope with withdrawal symptoms - the reflex to check your phone every few minutes are real!
Enjoy your unplugged vacation!
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