Stay­ing con­nected be­yond city lim­its

NZ Business - - TECHSTUFF -

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.

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