How to Shake Up Your Routine With a 'Workcation'

How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

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If you're having trouble staying focused at work, try getting away to complete your current project. A growing number of people are discovering that taking a vacation with work can be just as effective as taking a vacation from work.

"The idea of taking a 'workcation' -- traveling to a destination with the goal of completing a project -- isn't new. We've all heard of writers who head to a cabin to finish their latest book, for example. But the idea is gaining traction in a wider variety of jobs and fields," author Stephanie Vozza writes in an article for Fast Company.

Indeed, traveling with the goal of completing work can be just as effective as traveling with the goal of escaping it. The change of venue, for example, can jump-start your creativity, and the elimination of in-office distractions can help you concentrate.

"Workcationing is about fully immersing yourself in your work while also building in ways to pamper yourself and unwind so you can be even more effective and productive," workcationer Kelly Chase, a digital strategist and co-host of a weekly workcationing podcast, tells Vozza. "This might seem counterintuitive, but traveling has the effect of breaking you out of your routine, and … when you can't default to your regular habits, it's a lot easier to make big changes and focus on your goals."

That applies equally to your professional goals and your personal ones, according to Chase, who workcations with her boss and podcast co-host Kari DePhillips.

"We work a lot, but in our downtime we get to explore whatever city we're in and do some really cool things," she says. "It used to be that I would spend months looking forward to my two weeks of vacation, but now I get to do cool things all year long."

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