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Ask The Entrepreneurs: How to Battle Your Inbox While on Vacation

Ask The Entrepreneurs: How to Battle Your Inbox While on Vacation


    Ask The Entrepreneurs

    is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

    Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

    Work email on vacation: do you do it? When is it time to tune out?

    1. Guilty As Charged!

      I never turn off my email. I may not be answering all of the emails that come in, but I am constantly scanning to make sure that the business isn’t on fire. I think it’s difficult to turn it off completely, especially if you are a solopreneur, even though there is great value in doing so. It is appropriate to tune it out if you are with family or friends though — give them attention too!
      Erin Blaskie, BSETC

      2. Admittedly Always On

        For entrepreneurs, “work-life balance” is more like “work-life blend.” When you need to recharge, you can take a break whenever it fits into your schedule; vacation doesn’t have to happen around prescribed times. Because of the reality of intermittent breaks, it’s never convenient to entirely tune out and switch off. You might set an away message, but it’s better to stay on top than fall behind.
        Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

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        3. Vacation Responder Is Key

          I go email-less at least one day per week, usually on the weekend. So when it’s time for a real email-free vacation, it’s important to have an away message and to give people who might have an emergency a way to contact you, but chances are their emergencies aren’t actual emergencies and can wait till you get back to your inbox.
          Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media


          4. Regular Checks Necessary

            I try to only check emails at certain times of the day when I’m on vacation. It’s not very realistic for entrepreneurs to completely log off for long periods of time, but you can limit it to first thing in the morning and once in the afternoon. If it bothers you to not check it, just check it quickly and get on with your vacation!
            Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets Branding


            5. Sorry, Entrepreneurs

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              Whether you like it or not, if you are a founder, you should also serve as a customer service representative for your company. Customer service is a 24/7 job, and keeping your clients happy is a must. Email doesn’t have to take much time out of your vacation (an hour or two per day maximum). You should never ignore it completely.
              Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT


              6. Hire Someone for That!

                Email and vacation don’t belong in the same sentence. Working during your vacation is distracting and will prevent from getting that R&R your body needs. The best way to get the best of both worlds is to let someone who is very trustworthy read your emails once per day. Ask them to call you if something is extremely urgent. That will give you peace of mind since you’ll know everything is in order.
                Christian Springub, Jimdo

                7. Live Your Vacation

                  I decided to live my vacation, but building my business so I am actually on vacation all the time. Part of that is checking emails and allotting time to make phone calls and things, but I built my business so I can travel the world and explore fun new places while hanging out with cool people, rather than taking a vacation and trying to get your balance in for a week. Balance your life daily.
                  Louis Lautman, Young Entrepreneur Society

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                  8. Yes, With a Caveat

                    When I’m truly on vacation, I’ll check email, but only for absolutely essential emails. I only answer emails if someone bought a product and it wasn’t delivered, or if my site is down for some reason. Just essential customer service and catastrophic tech issues. That’s it. Everything else can wait.
                    Sean Ogle, Location 180, LLC


                    9. Leaving Is Not an Option

                      It’s truly not an option to avoid checking your email if you are a startup company founder. It’s your job to serve your customers and fellow team members whenever needed, even if you’re lounging with a cocktail on the beach. The key is utilize parameters and have enough discipline to not be constantly checking your email throughout the day as you would at the office. Once or twice a day is okay.
                      Warren Jolly, Affiliate Marketing

                      10. Compartmentalize Your Life

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                        Of course I check work email on vacation — damn near impossible to fully disconnect! But I’m working on getting better at compartmentalizing work time while on vacation by dedicating up to an hour in the mornings to read and respond to the critical things. Then I shut off for the rest of the day and get something out of the vacation.
                        Brooks Kincaid, Imprint Energy


                        11. It’s Part of the Job

                          Answering email on vacation is one of the sacrifices entrepreneurs have to make. After all, no one is responsible for making sure the company doesn’t implode but you. Hopefully, after a few years of blood, sweat and tears, you can take a breather. But as a founder you will most likely always be heavily involved in your business operations.
                          Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at Work


                          12. Entrepreneurial Escape

                            When I’m lucky enough to escape for a few days, I usually set aside an hour in the morning that I designate to answering emails, connecting with clients and employees, and taking care of anything else that arises. Once that hour is over, the phone is off, the laptop is closed and the only thing on my iPad is Pandora for the rest of the day!
                            Kevin Tighe II, INFLITE

                            (Photo credit: Man in Red Shirt on Lakeshore via Shutterstock)

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                            Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                            50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

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                            Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                            It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                            It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                            Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                            Quotes for self-assurance

                            1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                              2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                  4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                    5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                      6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                        Quotes about positivity

                                        7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                          8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                            9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                              10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                  12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                    13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                      Quotes for work and success

                                                      14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                        15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                          16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                            17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                              18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                  20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                    21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                      22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                        23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                          24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                            25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                              26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                  28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                    29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                      30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                        31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                          32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                            33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                              34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                  36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                    37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                      38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                        39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                          40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                            41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                              42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                  44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                    45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                                      46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                        47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                          48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                            49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                              50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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