It’s clear that the holiday season is almost upon us – even without the dramatic drop in temperature, we can still smell it in the air (mostly because they’re selling pumpkin lattes at coffee shops again). Pretty soon you’ll find an avalanche of turkeys at the grocery store and several mad dashes to the mall in the hopes of finding the perfect (cost-effective) gift to pretty much everyone in your life.
Along with this holiday activity comes the awareness that you’ll have some time off work pretty soon – without using up your vacation leaves. And, if you’re like most other people, you’ll probably want to enjoy every last bit of it before you get back to work.
Of course, it’s much easier to tell yourself that you’re going to focus on having the best holiday ever than it is to actually make sure that you DO enjoy yourself during your turkey dinners. After all, you’re bound to get some last-minute or vacation time work when you have smartphones, email, and a business pbx system that basically connects you to your office 24/7. On the other hand, you’ll probably be driven insane with anxiety if you aren’t updated with the latest events at work, either. So do you unplug or stay plugged during the holidays? Which option is less stressful?
Are you one of those people who really take pride in being constantly looped into what’s happening in your business or industry at any given time? Or are you one of those people who constantly feel exhausted at the thought of having to keep up with the demands of the job outside office hours? Do you work better when you’re in the middle of something else, or are you the type that needs laser focus on the task at hand? Your answer to all of these questions will determine whether or not staying plugged or unplugged would be better for you during the holiday season.
At the end of the day, much of the technology that had been developed to improve our capacity to communicate with other people is based on the idea of efficiency. To some, this means having the ability to work all the time. To others, it means being able to work whenever they want, from wherever they want. And then there are the ones that think of efficiency as being able to do what needs to be done as well as possible without giving up time for themselves.
If staying plugged stops you from being efficient (because you need that time to recharge), then you need to get unplugged. But if it helps you stay effective at your job, then by all means, stay plugged.
That being said, sometimes it’s not really productive to unplug completely or stay plugged during the holidays no matter what type of worker personality you have. It may have something to do with the nature of the business, or your holiday role as far as your family or friends are concerned. Either way, it’s nigh-near impossible to decide for or against disconnecting.
Thankfully, you can have some middle ground here – you can just block out some designated work hours for you during your holiday so you can get your work done and enjoy your holiday at the same time. As long as you stick to that guideline, you can stay efficient without stressing yourself out.
And remember this: you’re not the only one celebrating the holiday, so you can afford to make time for the cider.