(This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur)
I was on vacation earlier this month and thinking about emails. Actually, I’d been responding to emails. What about you?
Do you leave an “out of office” message when you go on vacation? Do you have a strict “do not disturb” policy while you’re away? Are you the type of person that can go for an entire week without checking emails?
I know plenty of people who are able to go for an entire week — even two, even longer — and never look at their emails. That’s amazing to me. I’m always checking. My friends tell me that adds stress to my time off. I say that I would be even more stressed when I ultimately have to open up my email application on the Monday that I returned and am faced with an avalanche. What catastrophes happened? What fires did I ignore? Is my business still there?