Whether you’re on vacation with your family, or traveling full-time, here are some tips and tricks you can implement to ensure that your time away from the “office” is successful and efficient.
We won’t discuss whether or not you should be working on a family vacation. Sometimes that depends on you, and sometimes it depends on your job. Regardless of the reasons, Entrepreneurs and Business people around the world have found various ways to complete their tasks, and still have time for their family and friends.
Today we will just talk about a few simple ways to improve your work time so that it isn’t creating stress or taking you away from the actual vacation.
Figure Out Internet Connection Early
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
You’re going to Miami Beach for a Spring break vacation with your family, or perhaps a hiking/ camping trip in Yosemite National Park. Either way, if you must check into work daily or occasionally, you’re going to need a plan for the Internet.
Can you hotspot from your phone, and have unlimited internet? Does your Airbnb or hotel offer WiFi? Do you have a portable WiFi hotspot such as the Skyroam Solis or the Verizon Jetpack?
All of these can be great options but waiting till you’re at your destination to figure out how and where you can work will only be stressful. If you’re used to working remotely, these questions won’t even phase you. But if this is the first time you’ve traveled while working, this is something you want to figure out early.
For me, I prefer to rent Airbnb’s because they almost always offer WiFi and a place to work quietly.
If I am camping or traveling to a further destination, I bring my Skyroam Solis which allows me to work from anywhere, from campground picnic tables to high-speed trains.
Work Early, or Work Late?
“The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.” – Terri Guillemets
Regardless of being on vacation, I believe the best time to work is in the morning. When I get up at 5 AM, I not only guarantee my work will get the best of me creatively, but it also ensures I will have minimal interruptions.
On vacation or while traveling it works just as well. It makes certain that very few people will be messaging you as they will be sleeping, and that you can put in about 2-3 hours of focused work. You aren’t missing out on family time, or missing out on the day’s activities.
Working in the evening has some of these same benefits, but your work is getting the most tired and distracted version of you. You might still be missing out on a movie or drinks with family and friends, and you will most likely have dozens of emails by then that require your attention.
Know When to Shut Down
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” -Stephen R. Covey
Keeping a work-life balance is difficult for most people. Knowing when to call it quits, whether your work is complete or not, is critical.
Spending time with “your” people should always be more important than getting everything done. After all, they are the ones you do it for.
So, turn your notifications off, or leave your phone and go out for that hike, go swimming, just get out. You’ll enjoy yourself more, and you won’t regret it in the long run!
Having a plan before you go on your trip, is important but just as important is asking your family and friends their plans for the trip. If they are planning on an early morning swim and breakfast, you can plan ahead and participate if you desire.
Always remember, your trip or vacation isn’t just about you and what you want.
Don’t be afraid to throw the “plans” out the window every once in a while, and just live. Vacation is meant to be relaxing and a time for the people and things you value most, so make sure you build your work around your vacation and not the other way around.