One Way to Actually Relax on Vacation

Want to truly unplug from the day-to-day when you’re on holiday? Try this simple trick

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Like most entrepreneurs, Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of 1-800-Got-Junk?, Wow 1 Day Painting and You Move Me, is a busy person who really loves his work. That makes it hard for him to unplug and get the downtime he needs to run a better business. So he came up with a novel solution. Here it is:

“Because I have an addictive personality, it’s hard not to check e-mail when I’m on vacation. My trick? My assistant Kristen changes my e-mail passcode. That makes sure I can’t get into it even if I want to. I call it €˜going dark.’

“Kristen knows not to text me, not to call me; anything that comes in that needs to be dealt with, she’ll find somebody in the business that can do it. We live in a world where everyone wants answers now, but it’s OK to say, €˜You know what? I’m not focused on business right now, and we’ll talk tomorrow.'”

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