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Stay on task at work … while snorkeling

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businessman on vacationWorking on vacation is never an ideal situation. But what if you could get more vacation time as long as you promised to work half-days remotely or check and respond to your emails frequently? If your boss agrees and you decide to give it a try, you need to know when to work and when to play. Robby Berthume, CEO of Bull & Beard, offers tips on how to combine work and travel without ruining your vacation.

• Schedule. “Planning is key,” Berthume says. Most people put all their effort into planning the vacation and overlook planning the work aspect of the trip. You know what needs to get done on the vacation, so plan that into your schedule and stick to it. Your schedule should allow for specific work times and play times. If you don’t separate times to focus on work and fun, you won’t be able to enjoy the vacation. “You can’t plan for everything, but you can certainly avoid stress by being strategic about your schedule,” Berthume says.

• Manage expectations. Before going on vacation, you need to check your expectations and understand what work tasks need to be completed while you are gone. If you planned properly, sticking to your schedule will help you manage those expectations.

• Concentrate. Travel companions, fun activities and beautiful locations can distract you when it comes to working. This means you need to focus. Let your travel companions know that you have to complete work at scheduled times. If you are with children, try planning your work times when they’re asleep so you can focus better, Berthume says.

• Unplug. If you never unplug from work, is it really a vacation? Berthume advises disconnecting from work during scheduled play times. If you have an outing planned, take that time to turn off the phone, or even leave it behind. He says it can be hard to let go of the idea that people might need you for a business emergency, but with your phone on you will be on heightened alert. He says the chances of a true emergency are slim, so “force compliance and live in the moment, not with your head down.”

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