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August 21, 2011

Is it time for a break?

By definition, a vacation is "an extended period of recreation". Most likely, by your employer's definition, a vacation is
"2 weeks (10 days) that you get paid while not in the office".
How do you define vacation? Do you allow yourself time to make a hard break, clear your mind and reset? Or do you find yourself sneaking in emails, worrying about what isn't getting done in your "absence" and fretting about the work that may
be piling up? Is a recess something you believe in or do you prefer to keep to your daily hustle? How, and where, do you holiday (if at all)?

Share your ideas and help shape the dialogue in a meaningful way. Your contribution makes all the difference in building a stronger community. Remember, participation is caring.

07.16.11 / 8:49 AM
"I need a vacation" seems to be one of the most uttered phrases around... rightfully so. At Design is Love we appreciate the importance of stepping back, clearing your mind and allowing your self to reset. More times than not the best way to solve a problem is to walk away and approach it with fresh eyes. Taking that mentality into consideration, it makes sense to take some time off for yourself to bring some clear thinking and fresh eyes to your life (and your life's work). Life and creativity need balance and we deeply believe in vacations, holidays, breaks or whatever it is you want to call them. Get away so you can come back energized and enthusiastic. 10 times out of 10, your thinking and executing will be better...but we hope you'll sneak in a little time to post in inwords while you're away...
07.19.11 / 11:17 AM
A good vacation is just that "clearing the mind."

So often i associate vacations with going somewhere but vacations don't have to be defined by geography. Going away to another country for a couple weeks is a good way to forget about your work because of all the new stimuli but a vacation can be much cheaper. Simply reading a captivating book outdoors is a vacation. A good vacation is one that lets you forget your work.

Preoccupying your mind with something else for a while lets your intuition do the work in the subconscious. i have had a few times when returning to work was so pleasant it was euphoric! Everything came together musically and most importantly, effortlessly. That feeling has left an impression and i often try to search for it...

as i'm writing this i realize im guilty of thinking about my work when im trying to clear my mind. It becomes hard to take a successful vacation when you are interested in your work because it gets tempting to check e-mails, look at sketches, and design in your mind away from the desk.

What does everyone else do for a completely captivating activity to get away from everything?
07.19.11 / 2:29 PM
I like to vacation where there is very spotty cell phone and internet access. It doesn't have to be somewhere exotic, just tranquil. I admit that I need to be in that kind of setting in order to fully unplug. Luckily, I also have a wonderful husband who threatens to throw my smart phone/laptop into the ocean if I dare to even attempt to use them for work purposes. When I do fully unplug, it makes a world of difference. I reconnect to what and who is really important in my life, fully recharge and come back to work ready to kick butt!
07.31.11 / 9:14 AM
my problem with vacation is that i want to stay. on vacation. forever. remember that movie office space? i'm specifically referring to the part where he's getting hypnotized and the dude asks him what he wants to really do with his life and his answer is "nothing".

that's me on vacation. i want to sleep, lay on the beach (or the couch), eat and drink things and then go back to sleep.

sure, i get recharged and relaxed and all of that. however, the last thing i want to do is go back to work. life should be vacation. that is my new life's work... making my life a vacation.



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