It’s a beautiful 90 plus degree day in Mesquite, Nevada, where I’m enjoying a mini vacation.  I’m drinking my coffee in the quiet morning, and…I’m actually working.  I’m responding to emails and answering calls from clients, all while sitting poolside. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be on vacation, but I actually find that working remotely is enjoyable for me. 

(Maybe after giving it a try, all you’ll need is a laptop and a good Wi-Fi connection, too!)

According to USA Today, “Working while away can be self-serving. In fact, 36% of men and 26% of women say they enjoy vacation more — and feel less stressed during it — when they stay connected work-wise and check in to ensure things are running smoothly.” (Read more here)

I’ve heard many express their desire to live this “laptop lifestyle”, but don’t know if they can.  Often they feel that it’s too hard to mix travel and work.  Many want to compartmentalize sections of their life.  They want to separate their work and relaxation time.  I understand the worry, but I also know the benefits of finding a balance that works for you.

I find for me, that the compartmentalizing doesn’t always work.  I have too many thoughts and ideas running through my mind.  I have to keep in touch with work to be able to totally relax. Strange, I know, but that’s how I am!

I can get up early, sit by the pool while everyone is sleeping, and answer calls and emails.  I find when I am on vacation, the morning time is when I can really connect with my tribe.  I’m surrounded by an environment that I love and it energizes me.  That energy then translates into my work and onto my clients.  The whole experience is something I thoroughly enjoy.  My early morning work doesn’t take away from my vacation in any way.

Here’s my challenge for you: have the courage to mix things up a bit in your life.  It’s okay to mix travel, work, and vacation sometimes.  Give the laptop lifestyle a try and see if it can energize you, too.