As a Realtor®, vacations are important. You’re constantly required to be “on” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Communication is an absolute requirement, and not answering your phone or email can cost you valuable business. So we need to be available, and that means answering an email from a seller at 6am and then following up with a buyer at 7pm, and a ton of to-do items in between. It’s also normal practice to work weekends, since that’s when most buyers and sellers are available.
But when we’re on vacation, we get to RELAX… right? Sadly, this isn’t the case for most agents. I’ve actually had agents answer my calls when on the beach, at a theme park, or even on the ski slopes!
Plus, everyone is now addicted to email. We not only check it on our computers, but on our smartphones and tablets. It doesn’t matter where we are, we’re constantly connected, and that may include vacation time.
In truth, everyone’s hooked on technology, not just Realtors. I’m guilty of ITSO (inability to switch off) too. My smartphone charges on my nightstand, so I usually check my email before I ever get out of bed in the morning and use it to jot down ideas if I wake up during the night.
But I’m not the only one. At a recent conference, I learned that 91% of adults have their mobile device with them at all times. In fact, the average person spends at least 8.5 hours daily in front of a screen of some sort. Think about it…how often do you glance down at your phone at lunch or dinner, in meetings or while watching TV?
We’re nearing technological overload, and it doesn’t help when we don’t disconnect on our vacations.
I recommend that you put down your smartphones and laptops, and promise yourself to chill out! In addition, rather than taking calls on your cell during vacation, find someone to cover for you. It’s easy to do, and you’ll truly appreciate the break!
After a good vacation lacking technology, you’ll find that you’ll be more attentive, your cognition will increase and you’ll be calmer and sharper. For your next vacation, give your brain a recharge and make sure to enjoy yourself.
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