The Mandated Email Detox We All Need

So you're on vacation. You took the leap, made it all the way to the beach, and what are you doing?

Checking your email.

And not just checking to see what kind of sale J.Crew is having today; you're replying to your boss! What started out as an innocent click on a single email notification has now turned into a totally unintentional, sandy workcation. Technology has become such a big part of our lives, completely unplugging can seem next to impossible.

But to fully enjoy your vacation, and reap all the rewards of taking time off, powering-down your inbox isn't such a bad idea. 

And its hard for Americans. Thirty percent of us find it hard enough to actually leave the office for vacation, thinking that no one else can do our job while we're out. We get caught up in being useful to others, checking things off our infinite to-do lists, and our own work martyrdom that we don't actually pause for some real R&R. And while most companies recognize this, few are actually implementing a plan for handling work emails while on vacation. Few, except Huffington Post editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington.

Arianna posted on Instagram from her own vacation today:

Arianna Huffington Instagrams about new vacation tool for email
Source: Arianna Huffington












Nothing says you're serious about vacation like activating the auto-delete feature on incoming work emails! The Huffington Post just started to make this this email vacation tool available to their employees, because they believe it is necessary for change. But this is the kind of detox we can definitely get on board with. Just like a juice cleanse, it'll be hard to get used to at first, but leave you feeling recharged and refreshed in the end. 

So the next time you go on vacation, think about how you can get the most out of your time off. Is there someone you can defer your messages to while you're out? Will you temporarily delete your email off your phone? Because you don't want to come back to the office and wish you spent more time looking at the beautiful beach instead of your inbox.

Note: The data and statistics referenced in this post have been updated since we originally published this post. Learn more about the State of American Vacation 2016.

July 29, 2015