Working While On Vacation? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

My last blog post was about separating your work from home life from your personal home life. That includes going on vacation.No Work While On Vacation

This article was inspired by what I did last week when I took my family to Denver on vacation. I guess you can say I didn’t practice what I preach. I found myself still getting up at 6 am, getting my cup of coffee and sitting down in front of my laptop.

A vacation means taking a break to rest and recharge. It means getting away from your everyday life. But with today’s technology, most people feel they need to be available at all times. I’m not saying you can’t check your emails once in a while, but when you’re constantly checking in, you have a problem.

With that in mind, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t work while on vacation.


1. You earned it

When you worked for an employer, you got paid vacation time right? You couldn’t wait to take it. Did you do any work then? Probably not. Why should it be different now?

You’ve worked hard starting and growing your business. You’ve sacrificed a lot to get where you are. Believe it or not, your family has also. Don’t take the value of your time for granted. You’ve put in the time, now treat yourself and enjoy the fruits or your labor.


2. You’ll be healthier

Taking time off will make you happier and healthier. Taking a break will reduce stress, which can lead to mental and physical problems.

Rest, relaxation and reducing stress are important for your well-being and health.


3. You deserve a life outside of workYou're On Vacation, You've Earned It

You started a home business for a reason, to have a better life, to spend more time with your family. A Vacation allows you to do that.

You’re not taking a vacation just to relax. You’re taking a vacation to see places you’ve never seen before. You’re spending time with your family. You’re starting a new adventure. You might be starting a new hobby. You’re doing something that makes you happy.


4. You may solve a stubborn problem

Has a problem come up you can’t find a solution for?

Have you hit a roadblock on a project?

Taking time off could help you find a solution. Lots of times we have that “I got it!” moment and it usually comes when you’re well rested or doing something you enjoy doing.


5. You’ll be more productive when you get back 

Taking vacation time will make you more productive when you return back to work.You deserve a life outside of work

“There is a lot of research that says we have a limited pool of cognitive resources,” Allison Gabriel, an assistant professor of management at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Entrepreneur. “When you are constantly draining your resources, you are not being as productive as you can be. If you get depleted, we see performance decline. You’re able to persist less and have trouble solving tasks.”


Do you have other reasons why you shouldn’t work while on vacation? Write a comment below about it.


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This article has 14 Comments

  1. Hey Andy,

    I agree with a lot of what you said. Some type of relaxation is good!

    The only thing I find hard about vacations is the stress of not working LOL it gives me anxiety thinking of all the things that are piling up for me when I get back.

    Plus, I love making money. It’s relaxing for me. )

    1. Thanks for the feedback Jay. Yes, I love making money too, but why make all that money and not having fun spending it once in a while lol.

  2. The title of this post really grabbed my attention in Google’s results and I just had to come and get a closer look at the content. Basically – I would hate to put the word ‘vacation’ and ‘work’ in the same sentence ( nothing worse really! ). I love the tips you have covered here and the great headline to the article – good luck with it!

  3. Hi Andy, nice article there. I think this can be applied to for anyone with 9 to 5 jobs to. I hate to complain but sometimes, my boss is rather workaholic and he push this habit to all of his underlings.

    One of his motto that I will never forget is ‘disturb people in their leisure time because they will be more likely to give you some info, since they are not in a busy time’. This is applied to us as his underlings, and as a result, a vacation never realy feels like a vacation 🙁

    I guess, to be more effective in taking a break, we should avoid gadgets or turn off it a few hours, just to be really safe from outside ‘disturbance’. In term of home-based business, I feel like I can really loose my mind from checking my job or even working when I turn of my phone for a few hours. It helps, really 🙂

    1. You’re right. Turning off your devices is a good idea, but hard to do. My wife and I went on a cruise back in July. I had no choice but to turn my phone off, I wasn’t going to pay high international prices. I must say it was a great week not having my phone on.

  4. I definitely agree that you need to get some rest because relaxation and reducing stress are very important for your health. You need some relaxation to gather some strength to continue your work. We need some rest to not let our work burn us before we achieve what we want to achieve. I have to admit that I love what I’m doing now and to be honest I still can’t afford a vacation, but I believe I will in 2016.

  5. I hardly go on vacations because of my family circumstances. I am a work from home mum and we don’t have a lot of cash to spare. But the reasons for putting work in its place are still very valid for me.

    Work will always be there waiting to be done but feelings of loved ones don’t. That doesn’t mean that tending to family is like vacation. On the contrary, it’s even more demanding than the work I do as a freelance writer and creating my own site. I think i probably need to take a break in my busy day just for myself. No work, no kids, just for half an hour. Thanks for reminding me to take breaks!

  6. Hi Sandel

    Could not agree with you anymore. There is a reason vacation is called vacation and work is work.

    One allows you to get detached from the other.I believe, if you are going to work on vacation, then rather not have a vacation.

    It’s quality time for yourself, time to recharge and unwind and get away from stress as you said. Most importantly, if you are with family, it’s allows for bonding and sharing happy moments.

    With the constant presence of technology, I think our main challenge is decide when to give other things attention and disengage from our iPads, cellphones and laptops.


  7. Ah this is interesting. I have my own home business and I am due to go on holiday for about 18 days in August. I just know I am really going to struggle to just do nothing with my business over this time. I worry that things will slip and then I will only have myself to blame! Sound crazy.? But I see the difficulty.

    At least when you are employed its someone else’s problem. But hey don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be employed again! You article has helped me see that I need a break. well I do need a break!

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