It might be that you need a few days away from the home office to get into the swing of things, thanks to the all too tempting warm weather outside of your window. Or, it could be that you and your family were planning a trip, but you’ve found yourself so stacked with reports that you’re forced to take it with you to sunnier shores.
Either way, you will need to strike the balance between tackling your task list and making the most of your time away from home. Of course, this is easier said than done, but with careful planning and proper preparation, it becomes a lot easier than the kids finding you snoring on a towel at the beach, surrounded by paperwork.
So, what do you need to consider when striking the balance between work and a holiday? Well, you need think about…
The Time of Day
Finding the right time of day to settle down, laptop in hand, is so important for your focus and productivity. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as picking a time and whizzing through everything; instead, you need to think about when you work best. This includes when you tend to have the greatest amount of focus and energy, few distractions and how you will be splitting your time for optimal efficiency.
It may be worth considering the hottest times of day at your destination as well, as it is highly unlikely you will want to be stuffed up indoors at peak temperatures.
This isn’t all though, as assigning the right kind of work to the right time is also crucial. So, as an idea, you may want to start with smaller tasks to begin with, before jumping into the more time-consuming jobs, depending on how you work best.
For more advice on identifying how and when you work best, click here.
Lastly, don’t forget to make time to enjoy yourself during your trip away! All work and no play means it is likely you will miss out on memories, so keep this in mind when coming up with a timetable.
On top of figuring out your work/holiday schedule, you also need to be honest about your workload. It’s all too easy to tell ourselves ‘oh I’ll do that later’ until we take a look at our list that’s somehow grown to three A4 pages long over two days.
So, before you jet off, remember to note down everything you need to get done before x date. Doing so will help you with the next section; what you want to achieve.
What You Want To Achieve
When setting aims, remember to be realistic. Depending on how long you’re away for and how well you’ve scheduled, it is unlikely that you will manage to get everything completed on the first night, especially after a long flight. So, instead of keeping one significant objective in mind, try splitting it into smaller, more achievable goals. This may also help to keep you motivated, even when the sea and sand are beckoning you outdoors.
Last, but certainly not least, you have the essentials. Now, we don’t mean sunscreen and beach towels nor do we suggest trying to pack the entire contents of your home office desk. That said, because you will be a far stretch from your office, you do need to think about space-saving solutions and what you absolutely, positively cannot leave without.
Essentials like your laptop and charger, plenty of spare pens and paper and your newly revised task list should all be considered, along with necessities to help with comfort, for example, a travel-size fan.
Once you have your list of essentials, you need to figure out a way to pack it all without overloading your suitcase or hand luggage allowance. Using a laptop bag is always a great idea, as it has plenty of compartments to pop fiddly bits in, as is folding holiday clothing air-tight to make more room for work necessities.
These are just four things to consider before abandoning your black computer desk. Of course, if you come across any tips that help with your productivity whilst away, you can apply them to your home office on your return, with the help of office solutions from Piranha Trading.