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Vacation Sabotage

Friday, July 06, 2012

New York Times reporter Matt Richtel (and author of the forthcoming "Floodgate") talks about what he learned from an unsuccessful vacation about disconnecting and getting away.

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Comments [8]

Inquisigal from Brooklyn

I dunno, I never seem to have a hard time enjoying a vacation. I don't really have any empathy for these high-stimulus Blackberry addicts and their
problems with "relaxing." It goes far deeper for these people - not being able to turn off and relax has to do with a need to feel important and needed, and to be viewed as a productive and successful player.

No one, ever, is going to get fired or lose business if they take a real break. What you may lose while you're relaxing, you gain when you return via renewed energy. Simple as that.

Jul. 06 2012 12:01 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Is this what we've come to? Needing advice on how to prepare mentally for a vacation--that's if you have a job to get away from.

Jul. 06 2012 11:56 AM
CK from PA

It would be great to leave phone and tech behind. It would be better if the company I work for would leave us alone on vacay. Your manager may say "enjoy" but then he's texting or sending an email he needs you to respond to. If the companies didn't feel like they own you, it would be easier to un-plug.

Jul. 06 2012 11:55 AM
Therese from Brooklyn

To Elizabeth - you really made me laugh! I'm going to Cape Cod next weekend to visit my in-laws . . .

Jul. 06 2012 11:55 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

The guest sounds like he could use a vacation, he's yelling.

Jul. 06 2012 11:53 AM
Pablo Alto

Never take a week (Monday - Friday). Always, always, always take the extra day (the following Monday) of. Otherwise you feel as if you never left.

Jul. 06 2012 11:52 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Gets away? From what?? Too many folks don't have jobs to get away from. And they certainly don't have the quid.

Jul. 06 2012 11:51 AM
elizabeth from Greenwood Hts, Brooklyn

Remember that there is a difference between a FAMILY TRIP and a VACATION! Don't go visit your family and your trip will be MUCH more relaxing.

Jul. 06 2012 11:50 AM

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