Blog post 8, July 11, 2018
My Freelance Travel Journey
Can you be productive on your road trips?
Photos taken by Peggy Hefner. Do not share or reproduce without giving credit.
Hello everyone. I got a good question submitted last week regarding working and traveling. The question was: Can you be productive while traveling? My answer to that is an absolute hands-down YES!! Not only can you be productive, but often times you can be more productive than you are on a regular basis.
Organization Is Key To being Productive
To keep productivity on-track, I maintain a short list of things that have to be done each day. This way I won’t be so overwhelmed with everything when I get “back” from vacation. Once you have completed the list repeatedly each day, you will just go through your tasks like muscle memory.
First, I spend 30 minutes each morning and evening sorting through email. I delete the ones that don’t need a response and place the ones that require action in a “to-do” folder. Also, when checking emails, I make sure that if I get something that is of interest but I don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole and waste an hour chasing the article I put it in a folder for when I get back.
Second, I do a quick run on each of my social media platforms. If I have to cut back on things to do I have to admit this is one I cut from the list. I can schedule my blog posts and pins before I leave and respond to them when I get back.
Third, covers my proofreading job. I like to wake up early in the morning when it is still crisp out. That gives me time to proofread, my quiet time. Also when everyone is winding down from an excursion, I like to read in a chair, snack, and sunbathe.
Just doing these three simple things will help you feel less scattered and overwhelmed. I find that when I sit down to proofread or check emails, it goes by pretty quick.
Another thing that I find that helps me be productive is knowing what we have scheduled for family time. I know that if we want to go on our next excursion, I have to be caught up on my work. Being caught up allows me to appreciate every moment of our excursions together and not think about work. We also play lots of board games and Uno on our trips. Taking lots of pictures is just another prize.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If you are not comfortable giving your kids tasks to do within your job, then have them help cook dinner on your trips. Let the kids do cleanup. Of course, it all depends on their age, but if other adults in your group know you are working, they will keep the kids occupied.
Would you like to know where else we have gone? Do you have questions that you just want an answer to? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I would be glad to answer your questions.
Happy freelancing travels,
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