This past week, I took my family to the Outerbanks for a beach vacation. It was actually the first time my two kids flew on an airplane and it was quite the experience (they did well, FYI).
I made it a point to be “off the work grid.” While I uploaded some Instagram photos and updated Facebook every now and then, I did less work this vacation than on any of my previous ones.
While I was off the “work” grid, I was on the “family” grid. It felt amazing – bonding with my kids and wife and some other family and friends who came down with us.
I traded in emails, meetings, vendor pitches, startup pitches, subways, commutes, business lunches for Candyland, donuts, trolley rides, and sandcastles. The associated smiles were priceless.
I urge any and all of you to shut off every now and again. I’m juiced and charged and ready for what lies ahead for the remainder of 2012.