Taking a Break Without Breaking Business Momentum – Tips for Making the Best Use of Time on a Road Trip
Thrilled about taking a holiday break, but stressed at the thought of projects falling behind and work piling up? If you’ll be one of the many small biz pros on the road (literally) to an extended weekend over Easter, relax! There are ways to get away from it all and manage to stay on top of things.
Consider these ideas for taking care of business without officially punching the clock while you’re road-tripping it…
- Take note – Traveling gives you uninterrupted time to think about things and brainstorm – take full advantage of it! Bring a notebook to capture ideas. If you’ll be behind the wheel; ask someone else to take notes for you.
- Load up on apps – Before you leave for your journey, make sure your smart phone has got essential apps loaded and ready for action. A few I wouldn’t leave home without: WordPress, LinkedIn, Evernote, Facebook Pages Manager, Google+, Twitter, Hootsuite. If you haven’t use any of them recently, do a quick check to confirm that they’re not asking for updated usernames or passwords…things that you probably won’t have on hand after you leave your local environs.
- Read up! – I’m guessing you’ve got a list of “do business better” books that have caught your attention, but that you haven’t found time to consume. During a road trip, take advantage of your status of captive audience and read (or listen to in e-book form) one from your hit list.
Remember, the point isn’t to work a lot while you’re taking time away – but keeping up with a few little tasks and taking care of some to dos can help make your return to business as usual a much more smooth and less-harrowing transition.
Enjoy your weekend! And I welcome your thoughts on ways to make productive use of road trips!
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Good ideas for a vacation when you don’t mind a little work, which I do sometimes. Other times, I work ahead enough to clock out totally. I need this sometimes.
Thanks, Michele! Totally clocking out is definitely the way to go if at all possible! I admit to not being all that good at that…and most of that is a result of the (perceived) need to keep up on the social media channels more so than doing billable work for clients. 😛