We've just posted a new 24 hour, one question Twitter Poll: When you are on vacation, how often do you check your email? I started thinking about this a few weeks ago, when I saw CBRE Broker Jeremy Neuer's article, Advice for Young Brokers from Billy Joel, which was published in my favorite one-stop source for real estate news, The News Funnel.
I liked that Jeremy's emphasis was on finding a balance that works for you. I know that I check my email multiple times a day when I'm away. It will be more often if I'm in Florida visiting my in-laws, then if I'm some place more exotic with the family. For me, it is finding the balance between being in the moment and not being overwhelmed with email when I get back to the office. I have three kids in high school and one in college, so they are all independent in their own ways. However, come this holiday trip, I just may try to minimize the work (at least once they are awake). My oldest is a senior and is planning on working a year or more abroad after he graduates, so I'd like to maximize the family time.
I usually say, if I don't do them, things don't get done at my office. Running two businesses now, it's easy to feel that is doubly true now. However, I hark back to a moment early in my career, before the internet and ubiquity of cell phones, when I cancelled a ski trip because a deal was supposed to close while I was going to be away. Well, that deal never closed, and I vowed never to change my travel plans for a deal again.
Let's see how I do this time. Hopefully I'll be able to find the right balance so that I can feel relaxed when I'm away, and unstressed about the workload when I return.
David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.
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