7 tips for a ‘workation’ to help grow your business
Getting away from your normal work environment and day-to-day routines to go work from some beautiful mountain retreat or coastal village sounds fantastic, right? Well, it can be. But it won’t always be the case – it can turn into a frustrating experience that provides little value to you or your business…or it can even be counter-productive.
So here are 8 tips to make sure you have a successful workation that will provide benefits for both your business, and your lifestyle.
TIP 1 – RESEARCH BEFORE DEPARTING
This is imperative. You will be in unfamiliar territory and so do your research to minimise the time you spend searching for good cafes with wifi, a gym and inspiring places to work from.
TIP 2 – SET YOUR MISSION & OBJECTIVES
What do you want to get out of your workation? Set tangible goals…for example, write 3 blog articles, create your business plan for the following year, schedule your social media calendar for the next 3 months etc.
Prior to even booking your accommodation think WHY you are doing this. Do you want more clarity? Or to work on your vision and strategy? Is your aim to boost your creativity? Is your priority to work on your wellbeing and change your mindset? Maybe it is a combination of goals.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, have it clearly defined and remind yourself of this constantly throughout your personal work and wellbeing retreat.
TIP 3 – PREPARE TASKS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE WIFI
Inevitably you will find yourself in locations without great wifi, or it goes down. Have a contingency plan in place so that rather than getting frustrated and wasting time trying to fight it you can still utilise that time being productive.
Tasks that do not require wifi or a computer, tasks that can be done simply using your mind and a pen and notebook, enhance your freedom to explore, to go to an inspirational setting amidst nature and harness that energy to create great results!
TIP 4 – BE FLEXIBLE
Be prepared for complications and be open to roll with the punches, changing plans when the need arises. A busload of tourists rock up and destroy your solitude? Go for a walk until they disappear, or go to one of the other locations that you have noted from your research prior to the trip.
TIP 5 – CHANGE LOCATIONS & EXPLORE…BUT NOT TOO MUCH
You’re in a new place…one that has a number of lovely spots that you would love to visit. It would be a bit of a waste if you didn’t take advantage of the unique opportunity that blesses you! Go out and explore, enjoy…but within reason, eh! You can’t do it all, sacrifices need to be made and priorities followed…this is where remembering your objectives is vital. And, remember, this is a WORKATION not a vacation!
TIP 6 – AVOID TOURISTS & EMBRACE SOLITUDE
You don’t have to be a total hermit but if you really want to optimise the benefits of a workation utilise the time away from your friends/family/colleagues to work on your business and on yourself.
TIP 7 – BE GRATEFUL
Having the freedom to go on a workation is a luxury that many do not have. Remember that, appreciate it, enjoy and take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow personally and grow professionally, whilst at the same time getting the most out of life.
So there you have a few of my tips. Although I have had countless workations I would love to hear any tips you might have – drop me a line! [email protected].