Last updated March 10, 2022
Working from a hotel room, ordering room service, wearing a blouse or button-down with whatever PJ’s or sweats you want on the bottom, and later jetting off like a rockstar to the airport for your first class upgrade…
Sounds glamorous, right? Well, like Hollywood movie productions, it all seems flashy until you’ve actually lived it.
Working from a hotel room takes organization, focus and effort—let’s be honest. Here are some tips to maximize your space to work productively from a hotel room.
Set up a nest
We, humans, are creatures of habit and habitat, and having a “home” for our workstations is a part of that. Have a desk and a chair space to set up your laptop and work zone is a must. Ensure the room that you book has a chair, office desk space, nearby plugs and a light of some sort.
Laying in bed will only make your mind want to go back to bed, no matter how many coffees or matcha lattes you’ve had. Plus, your productivity will slump due to poor posture and lack of proper oxygen.
Get organized ASAP
We all know that feeling of running late to a yoga class—no zen there. Running late to a meeting because of your Wi-Fi connection or you need to set up your workstation (see above tip)? Even worse of a hot mess.
Give yourself time, remembering you’re in a new space. I usually give myself double the time it would take me in a hotel room to get prepared as it would back in my home office to prepare.
Besides, if you’re early, what’s the worst that could happen? You now have a few extra minutes to spare to write that email, respond to a few social posts or write out your daily goals.
Make a schedule
Speaking of, make a schedule. No, really. Make a schedule, and stick to it. Especially being out of home, you’re already out of routine.
A schedule will help you develop some level of order because we all know—travel is chaos! Sticking to a schedule will help you to stay on target and task with what needs to get done in the day ahead, and keep your mind and space in order.
Humans need schedules in order to be productive, or it takes that much more effort to create order from chaos when a Google Calendar could have saved us the headache (and the pain of missing a potential deadline).
Papers are like rats: they multiply and get out of control. Especially when traveling, you’re already disorganized from your space.
Try to keep everything digital, which will minimize your baggage weight, cut down on anything getting out of place in your new “office space” and prevent you from losing an important document that could have been saved on your desktop or hard drive.
It’s 2021, people—time to go the eco-route and digitalize it!
Brew coffee (or tea) in the room
This saves you time in the morning to set up your “office space” and it can also give you a quick pick-me-up or soothe your throat if you’re doing a lot of talking during any virtual calls.
This, of course, if the coffee maker is clean, and decent (or organic) coffee you can stomach.
Typically, I like to bring my own backup spares of instant mushroom coffee (I recommend the Four Sigmatic packs) or a handful of teas from home just in case the hotel room doesn’t live up to par.
Have a backup Wi-Fi option
Most rooms these days come with Wi-Fi included, or you can purchase an add-on to get a 5G or high-speed access.
That being said, anything really goes when you’re in some more remote areas of the world. I can recall quite a few dropped Zoom meetings from a room in Barcelona and little to no service when traveling through parts of the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Ensure the room has Wi-Fi, that the lobby has a backup, that there’s a dedicated office room in the hotel and bring with you a Wi-Fi HotSpot if you know you’re going to be very remote.
Pro tip: if your video conference call is struggling, try turning off the video and using just the audio to connect. While your team may not see your face, it’s far better than having your voice cut out and your face frozen on a screen.
Stand and take calls whenever possible
Sitting is the new smoking. I can’t take credit for that line, but it does resonate deeply with me.
Sitting for too long can do horrible harm to our bodies, minds and age us drastically. Get up, stretch, move around, take calls standing, take walks between calls, go to the gym midday and do whatever else you can to avoid sitting for more than an hour at a time.
Set a timer every hour to move, stretch or walk for at least 15 minutes to counter it.
It’s not so difficult!
Working remotely from a hotel room may not be for everyone, but I personally love the excitement of it.
Once I was able to implement some of the above strategies, it’s made working remotely more enjoyable, more inspiring for my work and overall more productive.
What’s a tip that you use when working remotely? And, what’s something you struggle with when it comes to your work/life balance? Your question can be featured in an upcoming article in this series on Vacayou.
If you’re seeking some guidance on creating a step-by-step process of setting a schedule (and sticking to it), check out the 28 Habits to Live An Empowered Wellthy Life featured on Warrior University.