Increased productivity, motivation & concentration
If you plan to work from a new, unknown location – like an exotic place by the sea – it may seem absurd at first that you can work more productively and motivated from there. After all, this new environment can easily distract you, for example by inviting you to swim or something similar. In fact – and many people who have already participated in a workation report this – the quality and quantity of the work often increases significantly. You can focus much more on a topic you want to work on. How is that possible?
Well what do you do when you leave the office or your workplace? Inside you may think “Yeah, end of workday and spare time”, finally you can pursue anything you fancy. If there weren’t all kinds of other tasks and activities that are waiting for you and should be taken care of. Whether it’s doing the laundry, shopping, cooking dinner, doing the dishes – there’s always something to do and it robs you time and energy. Not to mention the commuting to the office, whether by bike, public transport or car. In the latter case, traffic jams can also be a problem when it comes to the worst – the ultimate stress generating power plant.
20-30 hours are spent EVERY WEEK on these things. 20-30 valuable hours that you could devote to yourself and your business.
Just like in a good holiday, the Workation helps to free yourself from all the time-consuming tasks and distractions of everyday life. Of course, depending on the workation, there will also be some shopping and cooking, but the tasks will always be over several shoulders and not done by one person alone (unless there is a cook who takes care of it – then of course he has to do everything on his own – but that’s even better for the participants).
On the one hand, this favours one’s own recovery and motivation and on the other hand, it frees up energy to be able to complete the daily to-dos in a more concentrated and faster way. And the best thing about it: When you are done with the daily tasks, there is still plenty of time for the beautiful things in life.
No stress beforehand or after a vacation
In addition to the abovementioned many little time eaters and distractions of daily life, all of which are omitted and thus have no chance to annoy us, there are two other stress factors that evaporate with a workation: The preparations for the vacation and the follow-up activities afterwards. The preparation is not about planning the flight, packing the suitcase, etc. – after all, these activities increase the anticipation. Instead, it’s about the arrangements in the job itself.
Anyone who is employed or who has been knows this situation for sure: The vacation is about to start and you have to delegate all kinds of topics to your vacation stand-in, tell customers that you can’t be reached and work through all kinds of issues so that you don’t have to worry about them while on vacation. This of course results in a lot of stress in advance. Likewise, when you return from your holiday, you have to work your way through the hundreds of unread mails.
With a Workation you can avoid the entire preparation and postprocessing completely and you do not only go stress-free on vacation, you also return hassle-free. Simply because you can continue to work on these topics during your workation. Nevertheless, it also makes absolute sense to take complete breaks from the job as long as those are kept within a reasonable scope so that the preparations or follow-up work can be neglected (e.g. for offline weekends to recharge your batteries in a few days without work or the internet).
Fun and relaxation
Without the hassle it is of course much more relaxing. The holiday factor is always part of a workation, ultimately it’ s part of the name. Turn yourself off, enjoy leaning back and letting yourself be carried away. Going on an adventure tour with the other participants or on your own, eating together, attempting a new sport or pursuing your passion.
Besides intensive work phases, there should be enough time to disconnect from the daily routine – at the places of your dreams. Time for new things and holiday feelings – this is what the trend towards workation is based on. In addition to exploring on their own, professional providers often offer an extensive supporting programme – from city tours, wellness and cooking to evening programmes with networking, FuckUpNights (events in which entrepreneurs talk about how they failed) and, of course, parties.