When I started my business I wanted to be able to work anywhere and from home. If your business is set up this way, you can work anywhere and any time. Also during your vacation, but should you?
Last week we were in Austria for some days of vacation.
We had a beautiful appartement in Oberau – haus Astoria. Sonja, the owner, was really helpful. I misplaced (lost) my Wildschönau card, that gave me access to the lifts, and she replaced it the next morning.
We had great weather, sunny and not too warm, just great for getting out. And we did:
Lot’s of hiking and walking.
And we all went on a large Summer Rodelbahn. Wow that went fast. Kids hat lots of fun. Our daughter did not understand the sign ‘Bremsen’ (break) and went of the track in one of the turns. She loves speed and excitement, this did not stop her of course.
Internet not free
The appartement had wi-fi but it was not for free, only EUR 2,00 per day. Of course I used the offer.
Having access to the internet meant I could check my email. It gives me the feeling of freedom and that I can work anywhere. Exactly as I wanted it too when I started my business.
However I do wonder if it would be better to completely disconnect during the holidays. No email, no Facebook, no Twitter, nothing. Just books, the family and the location.
Maybe I should try that soon
This was my rhythm during this break:
- Just like any other day I get up early, around 6.00am. It just feels good to me and I wake up without the alarm. If I get up ‘late’ like 8.00am it feels to me like I have missed a large part of the day.
- I walked quietly to the living room, our son was sleeping here on the couch.
- I would open up my laptop and connect the phone to charge
- Checked the mail for messages, a few need to be answered and others are moved to the trash. The rest can wait until I am back in the office.
- Checked Facebook and Twitter a bit.
- Reading the book For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs & Their Families by Meg Cadoux Hirschberg.
- When the rest woke up – breakfast together.
- Out, enjoying the area with the family.
Walking from the top of the Schatzberg to the valley
The kids used the wifi a lot more than I did.
For me, it feels good to have internet and to be able to check email once a day during our vacation.
Can you survive without wifi?
How about you? Do you book your vacation based on the availability of wifi in the hotel or appartement?
Do you need to check your email or do you completely get away from your business?
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