Almost vacation time!
I cannot wait. It’s been a while, a good year and now it’s time to recharge, unplug and gear up for autumn by powering down in August. I will set an email auto-response that says something like “I am away through blah blah and if you need to talk to someone urgently
please contact blah blah blah.”
This is factual and directive, but not that much fun. I am considering a few alternate responses:
“GO AWAY”** Tempting
“Out smelling roses. It’s the end of August. I suggest you do the same.” Too preachy?
“LOOK! Over there!” The art of distraction
“Got your email. Maybe just hug it out.” Peace
“Sorry I missed you. I am on the beach building sand castles with my kids who are three and six and if asked, think Mommy and Daddy spend too much time on our phones. In fact, they (and we) have decided that since we are away digging in sand, eating messy ice cream, playing chase and star gazing that phones/screens are a distraction and we will only be looking at them twice a day. Consider switching places with us right now. Would you like to take a call from me and interrupt your time with your three year old who’s experiencing mint chocolate chip for the first time?” GUILT
“I am away right now. Everything will be fine. There are very few actual emergencies and truly urgent situations. Please review your emails from the last year. In what percent of them did you use the word Urgent, include ALL CAPS in your subject line or choose the red exclamation point? If you did any of the above in more than 5% of your communications, please go HERE.”
“I am on vacation. If the word ‘vacation’ is hard for you and you think less of me for taking time away please read THIS ARTICLE. And let me rephrase, I am in the middle of task-negative pursuits. Talk to you in September.”
** An idea from my mother-in-law, a very direct and wise individual who, while maintaining a very active life, is also a master of all things non-screen and comfort-oriented.