The urge to pack your bags and just leave for a vacation is rather strong at times, but is always crushed by the boulder of work. Sad, isn’t it? But what if I tell you to pack your laptop in your bag too, i.e., take a vacation while doing your work? Yes! Instead of a vacation, take a workcation!
Getting to work outside the four walls gives employees much-needed motivation and productivity while encouraging creativity and outside-the-box thinking. In fact, studies also suggest that surroundings tend to affect how people think and see things. So, that’s another point added to the benefits of workcation.
So, here are a few tips so that you not only have fun but also a productive workcation with your work buddies!
1. Invite Like-Minded People
Well, it goes without saying, but plan your workcation with people you’re actually fond of. These will be the people you spend time with and share food with for the forthcoming days, so it is necessary to invite like-minded people because these people will end up motivating you and preventing you from getting off track, thereby helping you navigate through your work and routine.
And once that’s done, check whether your workcation destination offers any holiday coworking spaces, workspaces, or work cafes. Destinations like Jaipur, Pune, Kochi, etc. offer great vacation office solutions, so be sure to check them out!
2. Get Your Expectations Straight
Okay, when people say “travel“, they more often than not only hear “vacation“. Hence, before you get started on your workcation, it is essential that everyone in your group understands that working will actually be a significant part of your trip. So, be certain that you and your coworkers have the right expectations.
You could create a corporate travel checklist to help form the right mindset, so there are no disappointments or arguments related to working during the trip. Also, look into shared office spaces for travelers that offer a single-day coworking pass, so you always have access to professional work environments in addition to all the basic amenities.
3. Sometimes It’s Okay to Be Picky
The place where you reside plays an important role when it comes to the productivity of your workcation. Here’s a small checklist to consider while booking your accommodations so that you have access to a favorable working atmosphere. You’ll need:
- uninterrupted internet connection
- quiet and non-disruptive seating area where you can work
- cafes or flexible workspaces for seasonal travelers whenever you need a change of surroundings
In short, make sure that there are enough workspaces that provide all the amenities for remote work. And in times where you are unable to find such a place, you could always opt for a single-day coworking pass in any co-working spaces near your workcation destination.
And while you are at it, if you’re up in the mountains, you can get to experience mountain view coworking by booking yourself and your team mountain view office space.
4. Plan a Routine and Stick To It
From the day you arrive at your workcation destination, set a schedule for yourself and your coworkers and stick to it for the entire length of your workcation. Because an established routine could be the difference between a productive or chaotic workcation. Having a fixed schedule will not only help you stay organized but also help you use your time more effectively and be more productive.
A tip would be to implement your schedule from the time you did during remote work; this will make it much easier to follow a routine for the entire trip.
And if you wish for a more professional work environment, coworking during the holidays is a great option to consider.
5. Avoid Travelling to Different Destinations
Avoid traveling from one place to another during your workcation, as it not only takes time but also demands quite a bit of energy. Also, every time you’d arrive at your new destination, you’d have to repeat the entire process, starting from scratch, which includes getting comfortable with your surroundings, creating a schedule, and much more.
Therefore, it’s better to stay in one place instead of traveling if it’s a short trip. And even if you do end up taking a long workcation, you could look into temporary office rentals around your workcation destination, so you always have a place to work aside from the workspaces at your accommodations.
Workcations prove that you can have fun while working, and being one will also make you realize that the number of hours you put into your work might not really matter when looking at the big picture.
In fact, those who manage to balance their work with effective breaks are actually more productive than their peers.
So, having seen the innumerable benefits of workcations now, when do you plan to take one and see for yourself the magic of work buddies and workcations?