Friday, April 27, 2012

A getaway, of sorts.

My husband and I are going on a little getaway to the mountains of Tennessee this weekend. I'm taking Monday off work, which will make Monday the first day I've had off in almost four months, as well as the first PTO day I've taken since starting my current job.

I am so excited. Just getting out of town and getting away from routine can be so refreshing and relaxing. We usually turn our phones off while we're in the mountains, and we don't have laptops or iPads (gosh, who are we?), so we'll really be disconnected from the rest of the world. And it will be glorious.

Tuesday -- the day after we get home -- however, will be a totally different story. I expect to be completely married to my email inbox at work that day in order to catch up on what I missed during what will ultimately be only eight working hours.

Isn't that that the way it always goes?


How do you handle work-life balance? Do you take your work home with you, or do you leave it in the office? And how do you stay on top of things when it's your turn to get away?

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8 comments:

  1. I usually bring my phone when I travel because I like posting the occasional photo on FB or Twitter, but I don't really pay much attention to it other than that.

    A weekend in the mountains sounds great!

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    1. Great to see you again! And I'm the same way -- I posted one photo of the mountains to my Twitter account before turning my Blackberry off. :) It felt great!

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  2. Enjoy your getaway!

    I definitely struggle with taking my work home with me. That's partially because I'm a grad student right now, working as a TA so pretty much my whole life is school. But I wish I was able to make more time for just my new husband and me.

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    1. Thank you! And I know how that feels. I finished my master's degree just last June. You'll feel so relieved, and you'll have so much more time once grad school is over. And, at least in my experience, it's worth it!

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    1. Thanks, Krysten! And thanks for stopping by!

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  4. The Hubs and I are vacationing in the Smoky Mountains this year and I can't wait.

    As for balance? I'll put in extra hours leading up to time off so I can unplug completely. I try to be as dedicated to enjoying my time off as I am to my work.

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    1. Yep -- we love the Smokies! Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing...I miss it already!

      As for the working extra hours, I think that's a pretty common strategy. And while it works, it also seems to negate somewhat the benefits of your vacation. But we do what we have to, right?

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