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How To Keep Your Job From Ruining Your Vacation

Here's what you can do before, during, and after your vacation to make it restful and help you disconnect.
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Work ruins vacations. Lucky is the IT pro who has not experienced this: You're on a long-awaited vacation and your phone rings. Your boss has a question, or needs your help. Maybe you do it to yourself. You check your email and spot an issue you know the folks at the office are trying to handle without you, but you can't enjoy yourself until you know it is fixed. How do you keep work from ruining your vacation?

Through a complex plan requiring cunning and guile, of course. Though sometimes all you need is a little planning and a few good apps to turn your "working" vacation into a real vacation.

Why does it matter? The health effects are great. Vacations reduce stress and improve health. Time away makes you an effective, productive worker. Yet, in 2014, Americans took only 51% of their paid vacation days, according to a survey by careers site Glassdoor and Harris Interactive. The survey polled of 2,300 workers who receive paid vacation days. Even worse, 61% of respondents said they work while they're on vacation, 25% said they've being contacted by a colleague about a work-related matter while taking time off, and 20% have been contacted by their boss.

If we're not going to use all our available vacation days, we sure as heck ought to enjoy the days we do take. Work can certainly carry on without us, and we can carry on without working nonstop. Here's what you can do before, during, and after your vacation to make it restful and help you disconnect. Check out our tips, and then tell us in the comments section below what you to do to make the most of your vacation.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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6/29/2015 | 1:47:58 PM
Re: How to coast back into your routine.
@msims20701- Thanks for the great advice. I like the low priority email suggestion. i tend to answer my email in the order it arrives which seems like a bad idea now.
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David Wagner,
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6/29/2015 | 12:58:03 PM
Re: timely
@namsimon- yeah, it is funny because I've always been a nexter by habit. I actually tend to enjoy anticipating an event more than actually having the event. I just had no word for it. When I discovered the word, I was like, "so cheesy, but so perfect."
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David Wagner,
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6/26/2015 | 1:58:20 PM
Re: Vacation...had to get away...
@vmewman2- Well, I hope you enjoyed the vacation anyway. Sorry for the timing. I go on vacation in a couple of weeks so I just gave away my playbook to my boss. :)
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