This past weekend I, my husband, and kids drove up to the Cutler family cabin just north of Pine/Strawberry. My husband’s grandparents bought the land over 30 years ago, and as he was growing up they built the cabin from the ground up. They also never put in satellite or any other luxury other than electricity and water. It’s a wonderful escape for a day or two, because there is also no internet and cell phone service. You are forced offline.
Usually it’s nice to get away out of the Phoenix heat, but this time even at nearly 90 degrees in the afternoon, it was on the warm side, so we decided to come back down a day early. I had originally prepared in advance to cover client accounts through Monday, as well as my time on the radio. Sunday night we returned home, instead of Monday afternoon.
I nearly went on the computer to check email, and then I paused. No one knew I was home yet. I was caught up through the next day, and all my clients knew I was out of town for 24 more hours. Even the auto-response on email was still on.
So I didn’t check my email. I made a small list of things that I have always put off doing around the house because work was either in the way, or by the time I was finished with work, the last thing I wanted to do was something around the house. That is how I spent Monday, and it was great! Monday night I went and checked in because that was my original plan.
What alot of people don’t realize is that managing social media is a 7 day gig. If you don’t post something every day, thanks to the lovely Facebook algorithm, the stats drop. It only takes about 24 hours for that to happen. You don’t have to post as often on the weekend, but a business still needs to maintain a daily presence. Luckily you can schedule posts in advance, but you need to watch and interact and respond to your followers.
I’ve now decided that once a month, I’m going to take a free day. Take the extra time to prep everything for clients and the radio in advance, and take a true day off work. Whether I use it to catch up with things around the house, or do nothing, or both, I found that the break was needed and I was ready to get back to work!