Somewhere along the line I got a reputation for being great at choosing hotels. Now my family comes straight to me every time they are going on a trip and asks me to choose the hotels. It's fun to go exploring travel sites but can be a little sad when you realise you aren't going on the holiday with family. I am pretty good at finding great deals on the big chains, but also on cool little local boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts. This blog has some of my tips for other people when they are booking hotels and accommodations.
Do you find it hard to concentrate when you're working from home? Your children are asking for your help; visitors drop in; the phone is ringing; there's work to be done around the house. You can probably think of a million things that need your attention. Here is an easy way to overcome distractions and make progress on your creative projects: schedule uninterrupted time for your business and book yourself into a hotel room for a day or two. Here are some tips to make the most of your time away.
Plan your workload in advance
Don't use your uninterrupted time to clear your email inbox, catch up on news or decide what to do; these tasks can easily be done when you're at home. Pick projects that require your undivided attention for a considerable period of time, such as creating new products or preparing marketing campaigns. Have all your research done beforehand and all your files ready, so that you can jump straight into the creative process. Ideally, organise your workload in such a way that you won't need to connect to the internet or turn on your phone. If this is not possible, remember to limit your time online and turn off your phone as soon as you've finished any phone calls. And to keep other disruptions to a minimum, put out the 'do not disturb' sign on your room's door.
Choose accommodation with sports facilities or close to nature
It's important to take breaks to keep your mind fresh, and the best use of your breaks are activities that are going to boost your creativity and productivity. If you exercise regularly, then choose accommodation with an exercise facility. Running 30 minutes on the treadmill will give you a creativity boost for at least 2 hours. For those, who are not used to exercising, the fatigue may override any immediate benefits, so your time may be better spent walking in nature, so consider finding a hotel near hiking trails. Contact with nature is not only enjoyable but it will help restore your ability to focus and improve your productivity.
Use your investment to stay accountable
It's tempting to shop around to find the cheapest possible accommodation when you're using this productivity strategy, but you'll accomplish more if you choose a hotel that you love instead. Pick a room that offers good work space and facilities and gives you access to lots of natural light. While you should keep your finances in check, keep in mind that the more you invest, the more you'll be motivated to finish your projects. After all, you've paid for this opportunity to get your work done and it's up to you to make the most of it.Share