Finding balance in work and vacation.We all have our limits. Sometimes when we’re at our wits end the best thing we can do to recharge our batteries is to step away and take some time off. Whether it’s to embark on a grand adventure, or simply to just escape the drudgery that so easily besets us, eventually we all have need for vacation.

A vacation can be a completely soul lifting experience, but it can be difficult to completely leave behind your work life and not be absolutely, irreversibly swamped upon your return.

Nothing ends a vacation like stepping into a hornet’s nest of delayed responsibility your first day back into the office.

Too Much Work and No Play…

One option is to take some work with you and try to stay on top of things while you’re gone but I find this tactic to somewhat self-defeating. After all, aren’t you on vacation for a reason?

Taking too much work with you can severely limit your ability to enjoy your vacation. Sticking yourself in a hotel room and writing a report while your family is out riding zip lines down a mountain sounds like absolute misery to me.

So where is the happy medium? Where does the middle ground lay between ignoring all responsibility and being a little too responsible?

Finding the Balance

For me that point of nirvana is found by setting limits and being willing to remain flexible. I make sure not to commit myself to anything that I couldn’t realistically get done working out of the office.

Working with PPC, it’s easy for me to put together a keyword performance report working from my laptop. I can do that whenever I find the time and it helps me stay on top of my tasks while I might be away. A much bigger task would be launching a full campaign or sitting in on client phone calls, and I would try and limit my exposure to tasks like those.

Obviously every job is different with different demands and requirements. What I’m saying here is that you have to draw a line somewhere otherwise your vacation will become not much of a vacation at all.

When in doubt, I would err on the side of vacation. Go out, live life, have fun, recharge your inner nucleus. Doing all of that doesn’t necessarily have to mean returning to a hell storm at your desk Monday morning.

A proper work / vacation balance can insure that all aspects of your life continue on in harmony. So what other ways have you found to balance out fun and function? Leave your thoughts below!

Rob Hughes
Paid Search Analyst
Rob Hughes is a Paid Search Analyst at Big Leap who enjoys the creative aspect of online paid advertising. In his free time, Rob is a 3x Intramural Champion, a 17x Intramural Loser, and an avid climber of local mountains.