10 Things Easier to Do Than Work Remotely While on a Family Vacation

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I just got back from a family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. I tried to do some work. It was a fool’s errand for many reasons. In fact, trying to find any time to get actual factual, back to life, word is bond work done was pointless. It was one of the more difficult things I’ve tried. I know you feel me; some of you have absolutely gone on vacation and were like, “Yeah, I’ll knock out this deck when I get a solid hour.”


There are no solid-hour blocks. In fact, here’s a list of shit that feels impossible but seems easier than trying to find the time during a family vacation to get work done.

1. Run an 11-second 100-meter dash on sand

2. Stop a child from chasing a ball into a street even though the child has a 10-meter head start

3. Not fall out of a hammock even when two too many children decide to get into it with you even though you were minding your own business

4. Grill in the middle of a rainstorm

5. Put four to five kids down for a nap at the same time

6. Get those same four to five kids to sleep at a reasonable hour when all you want to do is drink some of that adult Kool-Aid that’s been percolating in the kitchen for a few hours

7. Catch much-needed moments of coolness while staying in a house without air conditioning during a very muggy, 80 degree-plus weather week

8. Navigate a side-by-side tandem stroller through pseudo-hordes of people on really small sidewalks


9. Keep a 2-year-old’s shirt clean while feeding him the biggest small scoop of ice cream ever scooped

10. Maintain a sandless car after spending a day on the same beach where you ran that under 11-second 100-meter dash

Panama Jackson is the Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas. He's pretty fly for a light guy. You can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking all her brown liquors.


SL Franklin

People, people!!! Attention, Attention!!!
Stop trying to work on your vacation. Stop promising to work on your vacation. Stop wanting to work while on vacation. Stop thinking you’ll work while on vacation. Stop taking your laptop with you on vacation. You are on vacation for a reason - you needed time away from working. Relax and enjoy your holiday, the sand, the extra kids, the cool breeze when you can catch it cause when you get back, the job will still be there, they will have survived and improvised without you; figured out a way to get it done without you, and trust, will make you pay for that vacation by loading you down for the next 3 months with more work then there’s time for. In about a week, you’ll be wishing for all them kids to be piled in that little ass hammock with you. And if for some reason the job’s not there....well then it was time for you to move on and the universe took care of that for you.
Happy Vacation!!!!