Technology and automation have changed the way we lead our lives and the way we work, so the question is have you found a way to work that takes full advantage of both of these things?
One idea that is becoming increasingly popular is the workation. There is no need to down tools and try and pack it all into just one week away in the sun, when you can pack your laptop and other tech and combine work with leisure anywhere in the world.
Here is a look at how to set yourself up to work and play whenever you want. There is an overview of what a workation means plus details of apps that get you organized, how to plan your time and an easier way to keep on top of all your travel plans.
Remote working on the rise
There is a growing army of freelancers and remote workers who are part of a team that they might never have even seen let alone share some office space with.
Technology now makes it perfectly possible to carry out all your usual office tasks without the need to commute or feel like you are chained to a desk, which is something you can benefit from.
The idea of the workation has taken hold and now you can go from working on your laptop to being on the beach within a matter of minutes, giving you a great work/life balance that puts a whole new perspective on how to see the planet and earn a living at the same time.
Always ready to do business
If you plan to be flexible with your work and travel plans but want to be ready to switch between the two at a moment’s notice, an app like CircleBack could prove to be a useful companion and business tool.
The app lets you organize contacts and updated across all your devices, making it easy to get in touch with contacts and view or set agendas as easily as possible. A neat feature with CircleBack is the fact that it uses AI technology to automatically update any changes it notices in email, phone or other contact details.
If you also have an automatic call recorder app on your smartphone, you can then note down key details from the conversation afterwards and add contact details for new prospects without worrying about losing them while out and about.
Take control of your time
If you are going to embrace the concept of the workation you will likely have to be disciplined with your time management to make it work for you.
A good way to do this is to track your time and see how long you spend on all your different activities using an app like Time Logger.
There are a number of different pre-set categories to use, so you can see how much of your time has been spent doing various tasks and you can set some parameters in order to have a much better idea of how effectively you are using your time.
It can also help with making sure that you meet any self-imposed time targets for working and leisure opportunities.
Planning your trip
Another useful tool to have is an itinerary planning app like TripIt, which offers to store all of your travel plans and details in one convenient location.
All you have to do is forward your confirmation email and the app will set to work on creating a master itinerary.
Now you have seen how easy it is to use technology to work almost anywhere you like at a moment’s notice, all that is left to do is to plan your next workation.
Lewis Gray is a business executive who shares his success tips online through his articles. He writes about time management, productivity and other business topics.