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As we continue to enjoy what’s left of the summer months of 2013, many of us will take time out of our work schedules to vacation. Whether it is with family for a reunion, or a girl’s trip to an island, our work calendars and duties on the job have to be planned strategically in order to be able to unplug and truly enjoy our time away. Though most of us would prefer and sometimes outright demand a vacation with no work distractions, many people are opting to keep the work phones nearby, check in with their bosses and review sales reports and other documents while sipping Mai Tais. Which are you?

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Here are Five Pros and Cons when deciding whether or not to work on vacation.


1) You display extreme dedication to your job and work responsibilities.

2) There will not be millions of unanswered emails to return to.

3) Getting a head-start on upcoming projects can ease upcoming stress.

4) Your colleagues won’t be in limbo if they are waiting on correspondence from you in an effort to move forward with a task or project.

5) You will not miss out on any new business opportunities that may come during this time of vacation.


1) Personal time is interrupted.

2) Your family and friends may resent not having your full attention.

3) Work/Life balance lines will be crossed, which may affect work spilling over in the future during important family time and outings.

4) A true sense of rest may not be garnered.

5) You will not truly be living in the moment by constantly checking in with work and working.

Every person views work/life balance differently, therefore this matter most times will be dealt with on a subjective basis pursuant to that person and where they are employed. Additionally, some entrepreneurs do not have the luxury of totally unplugging and getting away with no work distractions, as evidenced by one of my clients who worked during her honeymoon. Whatever you decide, make sure the true goal of your vacation is met, rest and relaxation, even if it includes plugging in every once and a while to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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