As a freelance writer who has deadlines to meet, even when I travel, I know what it’s like to engage in business away from the workplace (or, in my case, from home). If you want to keep up while you are away, and you need to do a little work, here are some tips to help you work more efficiently while traveling:
Bring a Priority List
First of all, you need to make sure you have a priority list. Chances are that you won’t be able to handle your entire workload while you are away. As a result, you will need to decide which items are the most important for you to accomplish before you go. Create a priority list so that you know which items to focus on while you are away. You want to make sure that you handle the important items, as well as answer only the most important emails. Use an automatic vacation response to emails, and then select only the most important to answer.
Know What You Need
Next, make a list of what you need to get your work done. Laptop, wireless adapter, flash drive, cell phone, and other devices that allow you to access your work information should all be included. If you need to be able to remotely access a computer, or your employer’s network, make sure you have the proper passwords and the codes you need to get the information you require. Also, check to see if the hotels you plan to stay in have the Internet access you need. Make sure you have the appropriate power cords as well. I once left for a weekend and left the power cord behind. As you might imagine, I didn’t get everything done that weekend.
Look for Dedicated Time to Work
When I travel, I try to set particular times to work. Usually, I do my work early in the morning, before we’re ready for the day, or at night, when we’re back and my son has been put to bed. I don’t have as much time as usual, so I try to make the work time count. Additionally, I tend to answer fewer emails and spend less time on social media. That way, my work time is work time, and distractions are limited. If possible, it can also help to find a workspace that signals “work” to you, whether it’s in a hotel business center, a library, or a coffee shop.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself
Remember: You are traveling, and you should enjoy yourself. Don’t lose sight of that — especially if you are with loved ones. My husband once told me that it was no use going on vacation, since I was always working. That really opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes we just need to unplug and relax. Don’t forget to take time out to do whatever it is you came to do on vacation. Go sight-seeing, lounge by the pool, eat at a fancy restaurant, go to the amusement park with your kids.
With a little planning, it’s possible to get some work done and enjoy your vacation.