This will be short and sweet because I’m on the road this summer visiting family and enjoying a little site-seeing.
I love to travel! I can pretty much set up a home base anywhere as long as I have wifi. My “work from anywhere” schedule is usually a little stripped down from my every day office schedule because lets face it when you’re on the road you do not want to spend your entire time stuck in a hotel room or a coffee shop!
My time management trick for working holidays is to schedule play time the same way I would schedule a meeting. Incidentally this will work whether you’re traveling or not.
Time Management is truly a lesson in honesty and self awareness. It’s understanding how long it takes YOU to get something done and giving yourself a little extra time just in case! When you’re heading out on your scheduled “for fun” appointment it’s important to take in to account travel times and wait times. Going to tourist attractions can take longer and it’s easy to forget to allow for the time you’ll be standing in lines.
Always check in with city tourist offices. Sometimes you can pay for a pass that will put you in the front of the line. I love this when traveling in Paris. BUT it’s important NOT to try and do Paris (or anywhere) in a day. If you’re on a working holiday pick the most important things you want to see and know that you’ll be back. Trying to cram a bunch of stuff into a limited amount of time is stressful and really not that fun.
And most importantly, in most cases it’s OK to disengage from the office. I know that it’s the cell phone that is increasing the opportunities we have to work from home, however when I schedule an appointment I make it a point to silence that phone, whether or not that appointment is for a business meeting or for myself. Giving myself 2 full hours of fun usually energizes me and reminds me why we enjoy our crazy work from anywhere lifestyle. Sometimes enjoying an art museum in the middle of the day means making up a little time in the evening, but most times I consider it well deserved lunch break!
What are your tips for mixing business with pleasure?
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