If you’ve been feeling like your workload is getting to be a little too much, you might want to consider giving yourself a vacation (or at the very least a staycation).
While some busy business owners might think doing so is “selfish” or disastrous for their businesses, maybe it’s time to think again. Consider that…
– Burnout is real: pushing through plateaus isn’t going to do you any favors if you’ve been struggling to focus or stay on your A-game
– New environments inspire creativity: there’s a reason why so many modern businesses embrace retreats and camping trips as part of their company culture (especially with all of the amazing camping spots in the Midwest)
– You deserve it: simply put, the opportunity to step away from your traditional work environment is something we all need to consider from time to time
Regardless of your industry or how many people are on your team, you can make your work-based vacation a reality without sacrificing productivity. Consider the following four planning tips to help you do exactly that.
Pick the Perfect Spot
As noted, there are endless places to check out for tent campers and RV enthusiasts alike.
Want to fish at Devil’s Lake State Park during your downtime? Kayak on Lake Michigan? The choice is totally up to you.
One of the biggest benefits of RV camping is that you can bring along all of the necessary comforts of the office along for your trip. Outlets? Internet? No problem.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the perfect RV rental in Michigan or any of the other Midwest states, you can find something that works for your needs thanks to Outdoorsy.
Set the Right Expectations
Don’t let worry and doubt consume you when walking away from the office. The fact remains that you have colleagues and coworkers to pick up the slack. What you can do to help them is to set themselves up for success, though. Some ways to prep your works beforehand it to…
– An outline of projects to work on (and the expectation to meet about them when you return)
– Encouraging check-in’s and progress reports (unless you totally want to get away from it all)
– Appoint an office leader than you trust to manage your most important tasks
Stay As Connected as Your Need To
If you don’t want to go totally off the grid, remember that some high-tech RVs and campsites boast built-in Wi-Fi to keep you connected. Of course, another popular option is tethering via your smartphone as well as other Internet gadgets for camping which can provide you with a much-needed signal boost.
Also bear in mind that you could roll into town to check out a coffee shop to take care of time-sensitive work. On the flip side, you may want to totally go email and chat-free during your adventure: again, the choice is up to you.
Establish Goals For Your Trip
A work-based trip is a truly unique opportunity to clear your mind and produce your best work. As such, you should decide on the ultimate goal your trip to keep you focused, answering questions such as…
– Do you want to try to tackle a tedious project that’s been tripping you up?
– Do you want to write out projections and a business plan to carry you into the next quarter?
– Do you want to brainstorm new business ideas and side-hustles for the future?
There is no “right” goal to set, as long as you have one in mind.
The Midwest has so much to offer adventurers and business owners alike. Getting out and camping or RVing is the ultimate way to balance business and pleasure if you feel like you need a break.