1. Choose a suitable location
When selecting a location, be sure to choose a country or region that is attractive, but not too exciting, so that the risk of distraction from work is not too severe. At Workation HUB, for example, we have already spent one workation together in Cyprus – a perfect place to work in peace, but also ideal for relaxing by the sea or pool or visiting the area after work. An oversized city or party resort could be disruptive and compromise productivity.
It is advisable for the accommodation to stay in one place during the entire workation, since a change of location will always distract and steal precious time. When choosing a location, pay attention to good WiFi, as well as sofas or alternative workplaces (terrace, standing desk, etc.).
Use the environment! How about working in nearby cafés or parks (or why not brainstorm on the beach?)
2. Have a clear goal or project
Ideally, the work on the workation should have a purpose and a clear objective, e.g. to complete a particular task. Or use the time of the workation to work specifically on a new project during this time and leave your daily work behind. Whatever your intention is, make it your focus for the duration of the trip and don’t deviate from it!
3. Structure your schedule upfront
Before packing your suitcase or backpack, consider how you can best schedule your work to be as productive as possible. Of course, the plan can still be adjusted on-site if it turns out that the schedule was not ideal.
On my last workation, I first had a plan to work three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. But already on the first working day I noticed that the morning hours are much more productive, while the afternoons are for sightseeing and relaxation. So I redistributed my time a bit and worked the remaining days 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
4. Have fun and enjoy yourself
Don’t forget the “vacation” part of Workation. Give yourself and the other participants some time to relax and recharge your cells and mind with new, fresh energy.
If you are one of those workaholics, plan some activities for the afternoon (e.g. hiking, swimming, sightseeing or just a cocktail on the beach). Teambuilding activities are especially recommended in nature – the shared memories and experiences of the beautiful places will allow the team to grow together.
5. Keep an eye on time and productivity
Hopefully you will feel recharged after work, full of energy and motivation. But no matter how you feel, it is also important to have some objective data to measure how productive you were during the workation. Did you achieve more in the same amount of time as in the office? Or less? Especially for team-workations such measurements are very important to see if a workation in this format can take place again or if you have to adjust a couple of things.
For instance, a time tracking app that monitors productivity in the background is recommended.