It’s vacation season!
Tickets are booked, shopping is done, and bags are packed! So much planning and prep has gone into this- the only thing left to do is have fun, make memories, and reconnect with loved ones.
You finally get to your destination and everything is accounted for. Except for your partner’s head; it’s back at the office- again.
For most entrepreneurial couples, this is a common point of contention.
“Just once! We just wanted your undivided attention for just one week!”
Trouble in paradise.
Below are a few helpful tips to ensure everyone maximizes the power of family vacation:
1) SHARE EXPECTATIONS
‘Trep: Honey, I have three business calls I need to take while we’re away. They’re scheduled at these times…
Partner: Babe, there are a few times this week we’ll need your undivided attention for scheduled activities. Can you please make sure you’ve planned accordingly to have your phone off during these times?
2) DON’T ASSIGN MEANING TO UNEXPECTED CALLS
‘Trep: avoid the impulse to defend taking a call with “you never appreciate how much I have to work to make all this possible”.
Partner: avoid using this as another opportunity to prove that the business is clearly more important than family.
Let it be what it is. A call. After the call, a kind gesture from each of you will unhinge the other from the impending battle positions you may have both assumed.
‘Trep: is it really necessary that you engage in work while away? Or do you just enjoy being needed/engaged/ challenged? A total disconnect provides exponential value in your business and your personal life. Don’t underestimate the power of letting your team handle it- everyone will thank you.
Partner: is it totally crucial that no work activity takes place? Or do you just feel a little lost when they they get caught up in work? Taking advantage of some personal time while on vacay gives you an equal opportunity for a total disconnect- and what’s that worth?!??