About this time last week, that was me, on the right, covered with sand and watching the waves.
I tried to unplug as much as possible — it’s the one vacation I’ll have this year. If you can get to a beach from where you live, you kind of owe it to yourself to embrace the culture while you’re there. Growing up in the Midwest, the idea of having an ocean a half a day’s drive away is still really novel to me.
Being an entrepreneur means never taking a day off, or so I understand. So here’s what I did to appear to be in my office when I was really catching some rays at the beach:
- I wrote blog posts for almost every day of the week I’d be gone and scheduled them using WordPress so they’d publish automatically.
- My blog posts automatically update Twitter when the publish, so that audience was covered as well.
- I used my phone to tweet, retweet and to share information (in fact, at one point, a follower who knew I was on vacation told me to quit tweeting and BE on vacation for goodness sake’s).
- I updated Facebook from my phone.
- I scheduled tweets, using TweetDeck so blog posts would get the same amount of traffic as if I were managing them from my desk.
- I’m promoting two upcoming workshops, so I made sure registration links were going out via the Social Trinity (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) at least once a day.
- I continued to read others’ content, liking, sharing and commenting in the hour or so I allowed myself to work each day.
How do you manage your “out of office” time?
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