Hitting the wilderness and tuning out the world for a few days is some people’s ideal vision of a vacation. Some people find true bliss in nothing but a tent, some bug spray, and a few cans of beans. But what if you are self-employed? Unfortunately, work doesn’t pause just because you’re paused. Follow these tips to successfully “switch off” without having to completely flip the switch off on production.
Bring a Mobile Wifi System
If you’ve ever tried to access wifi on a campground before, then perhaps you’ve noticed how frustrating it is to connect. These campground wifi networks are there simply for uploading a photo or two, or perhaps using a search engine. Their internet speed is not equipped for someone trying to get work done. Rather than tear your hair out with the slow campground wifi connection, or battle with your non-existent 3G on a mountain top, opt for a mobile wifi device that functions as a hotspot wherever you are. In addition to making it possible to get some work done, you can also easily connect to a show on streaming if you’re traveling with children.
Wake Up Early
The earlier you wake up the longer your day is. The longer your day is, the more time you have for work and play. By giving yourself an extra 2-3 hours in the morning, you are getting your work out of the way so that you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your surroundings with loved ones and not losing the value of your trip by working the entire duration.
Make a Schedule
By mapping out your entire day’s activities in a schedule, you ensure that you will be that much closer to getting everything done. People who schedule every part of their day, even going as far as scheduling their showers and mealtimes, tend to be much more efficient at completing tasks on time than people who do not. You may not be able to follow the schedule exactly as it is written; because let’s face it, life happens, but as long as you’re within the basic parameter of your timeline, you’re much more likely to succeed.
Give Yourself One Day Off
Allow yourself one day off from work to enjoy the pleasures of your surroundings. Go for a swim in the lake. Make some s’mores and tell ghost stories. Try that fly fishing rod your dad gave you for Christmas. Whatever you do, make sure you are totally immersed and not distracted by emails or pending tasks. If possible take your day off at the end of your trip, after being able to get as much work done as possible. This way, even if you are a bit behind after your day of rest, you have the reassurance that you’ll be back in your home office the following day and on track again.