Staying connected beyond city limits
Bill Bennett’s guide to staying in touch with your business from any holiday location within New Zealand.
If you’re lucky, you may have a few weeks off over summer while your business closes or someone ‘minds the shop’. The best approach is to take a proper break and avoid any work. That way you’ll come back refreshed for 2016.
If you have to work while away, here’s a guide to staying in touch.
Consider digital detox
There’s a case for disconnecting yourself completely from the Internet and from work calls, even if only for a few days. Digital detoxers believe taking a break from computers is a great way to flush out the anxieties that flood through your mind. They say it leads to reduced stress, a feeling of calm and better sleep. You also get a sense of freedom.
Many destinations in New Zealand will give you an automatic digital detox whether you want it or not. Whole areas of the country, away from towns and busy roads, are completely off the grid – or at least off the mainstream Internet connection map. If you spend your break in one of those places, enjoy the lack of Internet.
Your business may actually benefit if you try a digital detox. Some argue that unplugging computers and getting in touch with the natural world helps creativity. You may find taking a break from technology is just the spur you need to solve that thorny business problem you’ve been wrestling with. Alternatively, you might think up an idea for a new venture. But you might need a pen and paper to write it down.