I recently spent a week with Shelley in Taos. I was attending a painting workshop with Gwen Fox and Shelley was working on her business remotely. It was a lot of fun and we both got a lot accomplished.
This trip got me to thinking about the increased effectiveness of getting things accomplished away from home or your place of work. There are a lot of reasons why this is so but there are also ways to ensure that you will get the most out of a “working vacation”.
Get Away from your Ruts
When you travel, you get away from every day distractions that compete for your attention at home.
You get a fresh perspective from being in a different environment. You feel re-invigorated by new sights.
You are out of your comfort zone and daily routine. Travelling forces you to break your patterns.
All of this puts you into a frame of mind where big things can happen.
The 5 Keys
However, you do need to do some planning to make this happen. Otherwise, you may have a lot of fun , but get nothing done and even fall victim to the “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation” syndrome.
So here are 5 steps to take to make your time away from home effective.
1 Set your intention to do the work. It must be a goal of yours to be productive on this trip. So before you get on that plane or into the car, think about and write down what you hope to get done.
2 Set aside dedicated blocks of time to work on your project. Actually assign times in your schedule. Having longer blocks of time to do something make you more productive than grabbing small periods of “free” time. If you are in a workshop like I was, this is done for you. But if not, write down the times of day or evening you are working and what you will do.
3 Set boundaries to preserve this block of time. Eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone and email. No surfing the web. If you are with someone, make sure they respect the time you need to spend on your project.
4 But of course, make sure you have fun – get out and experience the sights and sounds. Check out the possibilities before you get there. This will keep you fresh and is something that you deserve. If travelling with a partner, this gives them quality time with you. (If checking Facebook and email is something you find relaxing, do that during this time.)
5 Acknowledge your progress. As you accomplish each step and get closer to your goal, make sure you applaud yourself. Getting stuff done is a boost to the ego and will energize you for the next day. If you are part of a group or have a travelling companion, make use of the support and report in on what you have done. Even if you are travelling alone, make a phone call home or post online to brag about what you are doing.
Take these steps and make a habit of taking trips and getting stuff done.
Use the comment section to tell me about trips where you got something done. Or what plans you are making to travel and triumph.