Learn to compartmentalize work and fun while traveling for leisure
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Vacations can be relaxing getaways from everyday life, but some business professionals find it difficult to leave work behind. A recent survey from the Global Business Traveler Association and other industry insiders have revealed that many corporate travelers believe that technology is the key to work-life productivity, but constant cell phone accessibility can make it easy to work too many hours.
In a recent article, NBC News shared a series of tips from tech-savvy corporate travelers and business travel experts. These top industry professionals offered tips for getting work done from vacation homes or short lets while still managing to take some time off.
"My best tip? Get a great smartphone and a small tablet. Leave everything else at home," advised Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of social business for Google. "I've found bringing fewer devices helps me find some balance. I try to limit myself to one prescheduled hour a day if I must work."
Other NBC News respondents also advised setting aside one hour or less each day to work. Not working at all can often be stressful for active business professionals, so learning to turn on and turn off the work focus can be beneficial to enjoying a leisure trip.
Other ideas included using only flight, car and train times to reserve for work, turning cellphones into Wi-Fi hotspots and unplugging devices during time with family and friends.