I wish I was on the beach somewhere soaking up a beautiful view such as the one pictured above but I’m not. I arrived back home Saturday from my mini vacation to a very cold and rainy New York City. Making me wish I could take another vacation to some where warm again until NYC and Spring gets their act together. Don’t we all wish that we could just pick up and go whenever we want?
Being self-employed, we don’t have personal and vacation days like our 9-5 counterparts. Most times its hard to take time off. It’s important to take time off, whether to to be with family and friends or just to regroup. We owe it not only to ourselves but to our clients to be at the best of our game.
Not many people knew I was going on vacation for a week. When I made my plans to be a way for that long things were on the slow side but work started to pick up. So I prepared myself for a working vacation.
Here is how I did it…
Weeks before I was schedule to leave I went into overdrive. I knew there was going to be lot of late nights. I wanted to make sure I got as much work done before I left. I would be traveling on the bus and I didn’t want struggling to carry too much stuff. Too bad the BoltBus wasn’t going my way, would have love the little extra room and free WiFi. I could have really maximize that 12 hour bus ride each way.
I packed my laptop, charger, notebook. I need to make sure I had notes for current projects and passwords. Plus were I was staying had an internet connection. So I was good. I use my cell phone to check my emails, making sure to read and remove non-work emails first. This allow me to see which emails really needed me attention. I was able to get most of my work done while everyone was napping or I just work until my battery died. The house was full of little ones so I didn’t want anyone tripping or pulling out the cord.
The late nights preparing before my trip really help me get into he groove of maximize chucks of time. I had a blast visiting my family and friends (missing you guys), plus I still managed to be productive. Emails were answered, conference calls was made, and work was completed. It’s a great feeling to be able to balance work and play.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are three tips.
1) Make sure you backup your computer that you will be taking with you. The last thing you need is for you to loose everything. External hard drives or cloud apps such as Drop Box is great tool to use.
2) Only take what you absolutely need. I made sure I had my laptop, battery, charger, and notes. I opted to leave my usb mouse home because using the mouse on the laptop for a week wasn’t going to kill me. I also made sure I had log-in information for anything that I may need to access.
3) Remember you are still on vacation. Spend time with your family and friends. Learn how to maximize downtime but allow yourself to truly enjoy your time away.
What are you tips for working while on vacation?