My normal blogging workday is spent at home by myself on the weekend, stretched out in the recliner with my laptop. For those who try to work with two or three littles nipping around their knees, that may sound like heaven. But that is not really my most productive day.
I’ve found that I am most productive when I have a little distraction going on around me. The quiet stillness bores me and I end up wandering around the house to distract myself. Weird.
So when someone gave me the idea of a one-day working staycation, I thought I’d give it a try, just for something different. The idea is that you go someplace nearby … a coffee shop, restaurant, anything with a good wi-fi connection …. work for a while, then go to another place.
Let me tell you …. I loved it! Packing my laptop and a bare minimum supplies, I spent the day in three different locations close to my house. I got soooooo much done! Here are four tips to turning a working staycation into
One of your most productive days ever:
- Pick your spots carefully. I started at my public library, then moved to Starbucks for lunch, then McDonald’s in the afternoon. I avoided places in their busiest times of the day. They were also close to each other so I didn’t have to drive very far inbetween.
- Travel light. I took only my laptop, mouse, power cords and a small notebook. That made it easy to set up and pack up as I moved from place to place.
- Plan your time. I divided the day into two and half hour sections and planned specific activities for each slot. Business planning at the library, two blog posts at Starbucks, social media and consulting tasks at McDonald’s. Having that little bit of a plan helped me jump right in to my work as I set up in each location.
Mind your power. Plug in and charge up whenever you have access to power, even if you don’t think you need it. I wasn’t able to get close to an outlet at Starbucks, so I was glad that I was fully charged after leaving the library.
Here’s what I learned from my staycation:
- I am 10 times more productive when I have a little activity going on around me than I am at home alone. Even at the library where it was relatively quiet, just having people nearby helped me focus. Honestly, I could have spent the whole day at the library. The conditions there were perfect.
- McDonald’s was my least favorite. I think it was the burger smell. Since my initial staycation, I’ve also visited and worked at another local coffeeshop which will take that spot next time.
- By traveling light and staying close, the time between stopping and starting was only 30 – 40 minutes. Just enough of a brain break to be refreshed and ready to go again!
- I consumed at LOT less calories than when I work at home 🙂 WIN!!
The day FLEW by. When it was time to head back home, I was shocked at all I had accomplished.
My working day around town reminded me of this Bible verse:
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14 (NIV)
I love how this verse tells me that being productive is something we must (and can) learn.
Having a specific plan for the day allowed me to devote myself to what needed to be done, and to have one of my most productive days ever. I’m planning to make this a regular part of my biz routine at least once a month.
Where is your favorite place to have your most productive day ever?