Instead of planning your next holiday, what if you worked like you’re on holiday!

Instead of planning your next holiday, what if you worked like you’re on holiday!

I’ve written before about the benefits of adopting a “primacy of positivity” approach to life as an antidote to the “tyranny of when”.

Put happiness first and good things will happen.

In the same vein, happiness should not just be something you enjoy when you’re away from work; but preferably, happiness is something that can be part of your work.

If this sounds attractive, then read on…

via by Eric Mack

I’ve been a telecommuting freelancer full time for more than a decade now, largely because it allows me the freedom to travel and live in fascinating places. Or, if I’m completely honest, because I wanted to be able to live a life where I could take work on vacation rather than take a vacation from work.

This month is being spent seeing as much of Greece as possible with my family during the day, while still writing and working during evenings, down time and travel between destinations. We take big trips like this one or twice a year along with several shorter ones.

Most of the time I don’t bother updating clients or editors on my travels because it doesn’t impact my productivity. If you were to look at my output over the years, you might assume you’d see dips in production during the times I was working from Ecuador for three months or Iceland for three weeks, but it’s all pretty even, actually.

This is because of what I like to think of as mastering a mode you’ve probably heard others in the gig or startup economy refer to as “working like you’re on vacation.”

This mode doesn’t only have to be for telecommuters trying to have it all from the road. Each time I get home from a trip I tend to quickly fall back into some bad habits that decrease working efficiency, because I can afford to, time-wise.

So I actually recommend experimenting with working on your next vacation because it will help you to identify some of your own bad habits that suck your time. For example, for me as a writer, a big one is online research that starts out as legitimately related to my project, but quickly turns into tumbling down a rabbit hole of distraction and outright procrastination.

Even if you don’t have the geographic freedom to do your work from the road, you can simulate what working like you’re on vacation. Simply take one day and do what needs to be done in one half or one third the time.

I know this sounds absurd at first, but think about how you would accomplish this if you absolutely had to. Everything depends on you pulling off the impossible this one day. It’s putting yourself in this hard situation that forces you to take an honest, critical look at your level of efficiency.

The exercise of working on vacation has led me to strive to work like I’m on vacation, even when I’m not, to stay as productive and efficient as possible. Over the years I’ve developed four key principles to help stay in this mode…

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