A recent survey recently revealed that about 60 percent of Americans work during their vacations. Interestingly enough, many of those surveyed said that some work during their vacations put them at ease. Being disconnected from your job for a week or two can cause anxiety of not knowing what is going on and an occasional check in can ease worries. If you’re someone who can’t completely go off the grid on your vacation Lifehacker put together a some good tips on how best to work while on vacation:
Don’t work if you don’t have to – Remember what the whole purpose of a vacation is in the first place. You’re going on vacation to recharge your batteries and spend quality time with family and friends. By taking some time off you’re making it so you’ll be more efficient when you return to work. It’s best to stay off the grid with the exception of an emergency arising.
Budget specific times to work – Let your co-workers know that you will only be in contact during certain limited hours. As for when that time should be make it when you anticipate downtime so you don’t miss out on all of the best parts of your vacation. Also stick to the time you allotted yourself and don’t go over it if you can help it.
Don’t take on any big projects – Limit yourself to answering emails and a few other quick low-stress tasks when you’re on vacation. Try to hand off the bigger tasks to your coworkers when you’re out and offer to do the same for them when they go on vacation.
Prepare for an unreliable Internet connection – This is especially true when you’re going off the beaten path for vacation. Many places around the world don’t have fast, reliable broadband so make sure you have a plan to deal with that. This may mean investing in a different data plan, setting up alternative browsers, and limiting yourself to tasks that are light on bandwidth.
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