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5 Ways to Work Your Working Vacation

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I'm spending my spring break doing pro bono work in Atlanta. In between business hours, there's a bit of breathing room to have a little vacation time. A working vacation! :)

I came with a majorly long to-do list--so the trick is making myself work during my free time--but the same principles can be used for better, more fun purposes.




1. GET UP EARLY

It's super tempting to spend every possible second in bed and not face the work day until you absolutely have to (aka, every day at home). Here's the thing: don't. Set your alarm for an hour or two earlier, wander down to the continental breakfast (with or without your phone/laptop), sit down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. What says vacation like a relaxed breakfast?

Bonus: now that you're up, leave for the office early and do a little exploring. See the sights on your way, take a detour through a park or just enjoy the walk.

2. DITCH THE BUSINESS LOOK ASAP

This one's more of a personal preference. If you're going out for dinner, you may want to keep the suit and heels. For me, the sooner I can get into jeans and a t-shirt, the happier and more relaxed I am. So pick out some fun, comfy clothes that say "vacation" to you. :)

3. DO THINGS YOU ENJOY

This might mean hitting the town every night. It might also mean picking up food and eating in while curled up in PJ's with a movie. The point is, don't feel obligated to do all the things every evening. Your work day is already full of obligations. Make the evenings a vacation you enjoy.

4. CATCH UP ON SOME READING

Reading is both relaxing and productive. For anyone like me, bogged down by work or school, it's a vacation dream. Set aside time in the evening to unplug, chill and open a good book (or ebook). Maybe take it to a local park or coffee shop if the weather's nice.

5. GET SOME SLEEP

Just remember to put the book down at a reasonable hour and get lots of sleep. Neither work nor vacation is any fun when you're tired. Catch those Z's and awaken well rested.


What else do you do to inject vacation fun into your business trips, or daily life?

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