#018: 7 Steps to Getting the Most from Your Vacation [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about some nut-and-bolt strategies for getting the most from your vacation. Gail and I are about to take our annual summer sabbatical, so vacations are very much on our mind.

This Is Your Life Podcast Episode 18

Surprisingly, some people never take vacations. I don’t know if this is because they think they are indispensable or because they might discover they are not. Regardless, vacations are essential for your spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical health.

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Episode Outline

My premise for this episode is that you will be more rested, re-energized, and refreshed if you are intentional about your vacation and do a little planning. I discuss the following seven steps.

  1. Understand the various types of vacations.
  2. Choose the vacation that makes sense for you.
  3. Get caught up before you leave.
  4. Delegate authority to act in your absence.
  5. Set other people’s expectations.
  6. Focus on the purpose of your vacation.
  7. Block the first day when you get back to catch up.

Your vacations are more important than you think. If you are going to stay healthy spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and physically, you need to be intentional about them.

Listener Questions

  1. Austin Hill asked, “I only have time to write and do social media on vacation, so how do I unplug.”
  2. Jen McDonough asked, “Is it okay to be checking my e-mail during my vacation?”
  3. Michael Nichols asked a similar question but with a story from Seth Godin that gives a different twist.
  4. Michele Cushatt asked, “I always feel a pretty significant loss of momentum when I disengage. How can I prevent this?”
  5. Tony Paganelli asked, “I find unplugging from e-mail really stressful, wondering what is landing in my inbox. Is this really necessary?”
  6. Wayne Stiles asked, “What do I do with Twitter during vacation? Do I pre-schedule tweets or just let it go?”

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  3. I am going on vacation until Friday, July 20th. I will not be producing a podcast while I am away. I will post my next episode on Wednesday, July 25th. In the meantime, you might want to take this opportunity to catch up. You can find my entire archive of podcasts at here.

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