Today, after worship, my Summer vacation begins. We aren’t going anywhere this year, which is actually stressing me out, so I’ve decided to take dramatic action to create the buffer from work which is normally formed by physical distance.
I’m logging out of Slack.
For those who don’t know, Slack is a wonderful communications tool. The crew from the Theotek podcast has used it for a while, and it allows us to plan our shows and keep each other “in the loop” despite the distance separating our members. In fact, one of our members is traveling through Asia right now doing Accordance training seminars and he hasn’t really even skipped a beat.
ABCNJ took up this tool about a year ago, and it’s done wonders for our team – which is distributed all over the state. I field questions, receive updates, and provide feedback wherever I am. When I’m not on vacation, this is wonderful thing. When I’m on vacation, it’s a problem. It’s simply too convenient to reach out to me, and if a question poised to me it nags at me until I answer.
And this is why I’m logging out. If I remain logged in I’ll be near all my normal work tools and on my home network. It’ll be too easy to shift into “work mode” to field any questions which are bound to come up. Logging out creates a boundary which is not to be crossed from either direction. Mostly for the sake of my own sanity.
Vacation is almost here, and work will still be there when I get back.