I also decided it was going to be a cooking-free holiday, so we were all super excited about eating out and really exploring everywhere.
My personal preference and real intention is not to let work intrude on my family holidays and I’m lucky to have some great leaders who are more than capable of running the business in my absence. I just like to keep up with what is happening and had a little work I needed to do for a client. I am diligent on not working in front of the family, and I consider myself a relaxed guy who can close off pretty quickly from stress.
At 5.30 on our first day – after lounging around, swimming, lunch, more lounging etc. – we decided to get ready for an evening out. I have teenage daughters so know that the next hour or so would be lost. So I decided to check my emails.
“Dad – why are you working again while on holiday?’ My youngest daughter had come back out into the garden and caught me on my phone. But I had this covered. ‘How do you know I am working?’
She then sat down and explained how on every holiday, I take myself away each day and start working when I think that everyone else is distracted or doing something else. Most of the time it didn’t have an impact, but sometimes my mood would change as a result. I genuinely believed that I kept it all contained, so I asked her what she had noticed over the last few holidays.