Sometimes you just want a break – or need to give someone else a break – and so you go off the grid for a week. When you do not have access to a computer, and by that I include smartphones and other gadgets, things are very different. You are not deluged with communications twenty-four hours a day and cannot do that to others in return. No blog posts or responses, no e-mail (or attachments), no interesting headlines to click on, no apps to help you find something or anything.
Is this a good thing? It depends, of course. Folks who want something from you will just have to wait while you are not available and when you have the urge to send off a comment or question, you will need to squelch it for the time being. From the business side, the question is whether you as a business person actually should do this and depends a bit on who or what you have in place in your absence. Have expectations been set for clients and customers? What about vendors and suppliers? Worst of all, is there something essential you have forgotten or overlooked?
On many levels , being away from constant communications can be a release. The constant pressure of attention from others - whether wanted or not - is stressful. Being away allows you time to focus on things other than the usual day to day computer driven existence. Of course, there will be things to catch up on when you get back into the office and routine, but if you are refreshed that effort will be easier.
By the by, what we are discussing here is not the disaster recovery/I can keep doing business even if there is a flood or earthquake situation. This is not business as usual, but temporarily removing yourself from it.