Walt Crawford Says Take a Vacation . . .

January 25, 2007

and I’m listening. In February’s Cites and Insights, Walt Crawford gives some great advice about how to find some balance: deep breathing, contemplation, unitasking and ultimately taking a vacation – a real vacation which for Crawford means “being away for at least a week,” “being somewhere and doing something that discourages thoughts of work,” and “turning off” or unplugging. Do you know what? I definitely need a vacation – and not just from work, but also from school. I guess a break from blogging couldn’t hurt either. I need a true library-free zone. While, I have been away within the past year (a two week trip to St. Maarten), I wasn’t truly unplugged. Because I was taking a class, I had to bring my laptop – and as such, I read my email (school and work), answered questions from coworkers, wrote a paper, participated in class discussions and read class assignments. So, I’m not that counts as a real vacation. These days, everywhere I go, I’m thinking about libraries: what are they? what are their problems? what can we do to make them better? etc., etc., etc. If I’m not careful, I’m going to find myself experiencing library overload – which from what I hear is quite a painful condition.

Anyway, my husband and I are thinking about taking a trip to Las Vegas in early June for a cousin’s wedding. Although visiting Las Vegas has never been one of my must-dos, I think it is too good of an opportunity to miss. Plus, we should be able to get to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon – two things that I have always wanted to do. I’m going to go home tonight and tell my husband that we have to go. Walt Crawford says take a vacation – and I’m listening.