Off the Grid

Guest Blogger: Ken Byler, Principal/Owner, Higher Ground Consulting Group, LLC

Vacations seem like both a blessing and a curse. While most of us look forward to getting away from our work for a few days, we often experience stress to juggle schedules and workloads before and after the time off. More and more people are staying connected to the office while on vacation through their smart phones and laptops.

How does one regain perspective, recharge emotionally and physically, or enjoy time with family if the work doesn’t really stop? It’s a nagging question as I prepare for my own nine-day vacation that begins tomorrow.

I will announce later today to my social media feeds that I will be on hiatus from all connections during my vacation. While there will likely be encouragement for this decision, some will suggest I won't be able to resist. It’s a challenge I plan to embrace and hopefully conquer.

To inspire me, I found a quote (see below) that will cheer me when I feel the urge to “check in.” If the author was living in this century, I hope he would still concur with his advice about work-life balance.

For me, I hope to rediscover life without technology these next days. Wish me well on my quest! Join me if you like.

“Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation...all people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.” Brigham Young

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