In July 2008, I took my first “workation”. I spent 9 days in Florida (had only planned on spending 5 days) and worked 4 of them remotely. It was a refreshing way for me to change the scenery and get work done, all the while also relaxing and recharging.
The first workation was something different – the first two days I stayed with a friend, and while she was at work, I worked from her house on some projects over the web, and when she got off of work I turned back into vacation mode. Later in my trip, I took another full day of work at my aunt’s house, and on my last day before traveling back, I worked at the airport.
Last summer, I did a similar extended time away in Alaska. That time, I took a different approach – spending an hour each day before everyone awoke catching up on work or building new business, and vacationing the rest of the time. I took two full days completely off while I was there.
This time, I have a much shorter workation planned, but over three days I’ll be in three different places, and work a few hours each morning before I spend the afternoons with friends or in leisure activities.
For those of you who find it hard to get away from the office, take it from me, the workation works!